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'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author Harper Lee Sues Ala. Museum in War of Words

By Adam Ramirez on October 18, 2013 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Harper Lee, reclusive author the classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," has sued her hometown museum claiming improper use of her name and the novel's title.

The author is seeking damages and an injunction against the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, Ala., which uses the website

Nelle Harper Lee, 87, won the Pulitzer Prize for her only book, which continues to sell around one million copies a year. It was made into a movie of the same name in 1962, and the lead role of Atticus Finch earned Gregory Peck a "Best Actor" Oscar.

In the lawsuit (attached below), Lee's lawyers claim the museum seeks to profit from the "unauthorized use of protected names and trademarks" of the author and the book's title.

Lee claims Monroeville's "desire to capitalize upon the fame of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is unmistakable." The town logo for Monroeville also features an image of a mockingbird, her lawsuit points out.

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Author Harper Lee Sues Ala. Museum

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