New York Times
Magazine Ordered to Kill an Article
December 14, 1962
Paris, December 13—One of France’s most important weekly magazines has, by court order had to strip an article from its current issue and to pay a publisher the equivalent of $40,000 as a temporary settlement for having infringed the copyright of a Soviet author.
The magazine is Paris Match. The article, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, recounting the horrors experienced by a prisoner in Siberian concentration camp in the time of Stalin, was originally published in the Novy Mir in Moscow, under the title “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.”
Reportedly, the article was published in the Soviet Union after personal consent had been granted by Premier Khrushchev.
Most countries do not have an international copyright agreement with the Soviet Union because the Soviet is not a member of the World Copyright Union. But France has signed a special agreement with the Soviet.
Interest in the article was such in France that the French publisher Editions Rene Julard at once negotiated with the representatives of the author. They received the rights to French publications.
In the meantime, in its issue of December 8, Paris Match began to run a two part translation of Mr. Solzhenitsyn’s article.
Editions Rene Julard brought suit.
On December 10, the equivalent of federal district court here ordered that Paris Match cease publication of its December 15 issue containing the second article in the series. The Editions was non the presses. Rene Julard was authorized by the court oder to seize any copies of magazines still in the hands of a printer.