Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is suing her agent for copyright infringement. Lee claims that Samuel Pinkus, the son-in-law of her longtime agent, Eugene Winick, tricked her into signing over her copyright in 2007 when she was in an assisted-living facility after having suffered a stroke. Gloria Phares, Lee’s Lawyer, stated in the complaint: “Pinkus knew that Harper Lee was an elderly woman with physical infirmities that made it difficult for her to read and see.”
Lee claims that she had no idea that she had signed over the copyright. And although the copyright was reassigned to Lee last year after other legal action, the 87-year-old author filed an additional lawsuit on Friday, hoping to reclaim full ownership of the copyright to the 1960 novel, therefore taking any remaining commissions away from her agent. With this latest lawsuit, Lee aims to stop Pinkus from receiving any more royalties from the hit novel, which has sold more than 30 million copies to date.