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Children Book Versions of Classic Novels Not Fair Use

In 2016, Frederik Colting and Melisa Medina planned to launch a series of 50 children's books, each book summarizing a great novel. They called their colorfully illustrated summaries KinderGuides. In January 2017, the owners of the copyrights to the novels filed a copyright infringement suit against Colting and Medina, resulting in a useful tale for lawyers who advise publishers on either side of such a dispute.

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In 2016, Frederik Colting and Melisa Medina planned to launch a series of 50 children’s books, each book summarizing a great novel. They began by publishing versions of Truman Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, Jack Kerouac’s On the Road and Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. They called their colorfully illustrated summaries KinderGuides. The front covers of the books prominently displayed the titles of the novels, the names of the authors, the word KinderGuides and, in much smaller print, “Early Learning Guides to Culture Classics.”

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