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SunTrust Bank v. Houghton Mifflin Co.

United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
268 F.3d 1257 (11th Cir. 2001)


Houghton Mifflin (defendant) was the publisher of a book called The Wind Done Gone (TWDG) which was based on the famous book, Gone with the Wind (GWTW). TWDG served as a critique of the depiction of slavery in the south in GWTW by using characters, plot, and major scenes from GWTW. SunTrust (plaintiff) is the copyright holder of GWTW and brought a copyright infringement suit against Houghton Mifflin. As part of the suit, SunTrust requested a preliminary injunction, which was granted by the district court. Houghton Mifflin appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Birch, J.)

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