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In a lawsuit that we would say was apparently written by Benjy Compson were we not afraid that we would also become its target, the owners of the literary rights to the works of William Faulkner are suing Sony, claiming copyright infringement based on the paraphrasing of a Faulkner quote in Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris. The quote, as spoken by Owen Wilson's character: "The past is not dead! Actually, it's not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner. And he was right. And I met him, too. I ran into him at a dinner party." As the lawsuit notes, this is a reference to a passage from Faulkner's Requiem For A Nun, wherein he writes, "The past is never dead. It’s not even past"—the quoting of which, even in paraphrased form and with proper attribution, Faulkner Literary Rights LLC believes is likely to deceive the film's audience into believing there is a perceived connection between Sony and William Faulkner, which will cause millions of people to try sending their in-warranty DVD player repairs to Faulkner's gravesite, or something. "My mother is a fish and this lawsuit is bullshit," William Faulkner did not write while working for The A.V. Club, because we don't want to get sued.


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