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May 19, 2009

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Jeanne Ketterer

I'm sorry but I can't follow it -- need the translation. FWIW, no matter what, if it's not in writing, if you didn't get married thus ensuring the equity ...

R. T. Davis

We cannot speak with very much authority or specificity about Swedish law; however, the squabble serves all of us well as a lesson: personal choices have consequences, and if those choices are not in conformance with the law (notwithstanding our disagreement with the law), then we (or someone else) must face the consequences. The Larsson case is not one of equity or fairness or emotions, it is one of matter of fact legalities, and Gabrielsson needs to face up to the facts. Again, it may not be fair, and it may not be right, but it is the law, and everyone in the business of writing and publishing should see a big wake-up call in the Larsson case.

Cantara Christopher

The question of inheritance of revenues from a late author's literary output comes up more often than you'd think. Case in point: friend Tessa Dick's battle with her late ex-husband's trust:

http://totaldickhead.blogspot.com/2009/04/please-let-this-be-on-judge-judy.html

Judy Bobalik

If Stieg had written a will leaving all to his father and brother would she still be suing?
The fault lies with Stieg, not his father and brother.

Sarah

The story, of course, is more complicated than the Times' writeup and my own short summary, but from what I understand, though there wasn't a will proper, there may be some written documentation that Larsson and Gabrielsson intended to start a company to better handle the finances he expected to have from his novels (since it was already very clear, even before his death, that the books were going to be blockbusters - they were much buzzed about at the 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair, which took place about a month before his death, and I think some foreign rights were locked up at the time). He did make up a will in 1977 that made a leftist organization the beneficiary of his estate, but it appears that was deemed invalid by the Swedish courts.

There's also the question as to why they didn't marry, which appears to be based in Stieg's fear that having tangible connections on record would put Gabrielsson in danger because of his work at Expo, which exposed him to a lot of credible death threats. But that, too, is ultimately speculative. Ultimately it's a bad situation magnified by the millions being made on the books around the world, which has all manner of parties fighting for as much of the pie as they can.

David J. Montgomery

Next the illegitimate children will be coming out of the woodwork.

Greed knows no boundaries.

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