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Mal Adroit

February 14, 1988

In her Outtakes item on Roman Polanski's new movie "Frantic" (Feb. 7), Pat H. Broeske writes: "There's something called d'roit auteur (rights of the author) embedded in French law, which allows the artist to protect his/her work."

It certainly isn't called that by anyone speaking French.

The phrase would have to be droit (or perhaps the plural droits ) d'auteur . Maybe your writer had in mind Tom Wolf, noted auteur of " D-Roit Stuff."

FRANK SILVEY

Lawndale

Broeske says she learned all her French from Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther film series.

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