Steinbeck Heirs on Supreme Court Decision
Mr. Steinbeck and Ms. Smyle had petitioned the court to review the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Penguin Group (
There were insufficient votes at the Supreme Court to review the appellate court’s decision, which ignored Congress’s intent as reflected in the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act. The denial of a hearing by the Supreme Court is not an endorsement of the lower court’s decision.
In a statement,
Mr. Steinbeck noted: “At stake is far more than our own situation – the Supreme Court could have protected all the authors and artists in America from a future of intellectual bondage to big corporate publishers. The publishers, like slave-owners characterized by
“The pettifogging machinations of my late step-mother’s lawyers do not mean that the Second Circuit was correct, it only means that the Supreme Court chose not to hear us at this time.”
Mr. Steinbeck vows to continue to seek proper delegation of his father’s legacy and to press forward on behalf of the families of other authors similarly situated to his position.
“If artists and their families cannot protect their rights, then everyone will ultimately suffer.”