Writer Garrison Keillor, the self-proclaimed "shy person" and creator of the fictional radio town Lake Wobegon, is suing National Public Radio for selling cassette copies of a speech he made last year before the National Press Club in Washington.
Keillor's attorney, Samuel Heins, who filed the suit in Minneapolis, said NPR infringed on Keillor's copyright. The author is seeking unspecified damages and wants all copies of the unsold tapes destroyed. He also wants a list of people who have bought the NPR tapes.
A spokeswoman for NPR said that the network will fight the suit because it does not believe it infringed on Keillor's copyright. She said NPR regularly distributes speeches given before the National Press Club over its radio network and supplies listeners with copies upon request.
"The National Press Club has always viewed its luncheon speakers as part of an open forum and fair game for anyone," said NPR's Cate Cowan.