The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 18, 2013

Harper Lee sues hometown museum


Associated Press

MONTGOMERY —

"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee is suing a museum in her hometown of Monroeville to stop it from selling souvenirs with her name and title of her Pulitzer Prize-winning book.

The suit, filed last week in federal court in Mobile, says the Monroe County Heritage Museum has traded on Lee's fame without her approval and without compensating her. It seeks an unspecified amount in damages.

Museum attorney Matt Goforth says the nonprofit museum honors Lee's legacy and that she had never sought money from the museum in its 25 years of existence.

The suit comes after Lee sought a federal trademark for the title of her book when it's used on clothing. The museum opposed her application, saying its souvenir sales are vital to its continued operation.