The heirs of William Faulkner are alive and well, and they're defending the late author's legacy in a pair of lawsuits.
The lawsuits allege the same thing: that a copyrighted phrase was misappropriated, writes The Associated Press.
Faulkner's estate is suing Sony Pictures Classics over the use of the phrase, "The past is not dead! Actually, it's not even past." The line was used in the 2011 film "Midnight in Paris."
While it's not a direct quote from Faulkner's "Requiem for a Nun," it's still close enough for Faulkner's heirs to pursue a copyright lawsuit.