Gunter Grass Dies at 87, Nobel Novel Basis of US Privacy Case

Famed German novelist and social critic Gunter Grass passed at age 87. Grass's first novel, The Tin Drum, was adapted for film and won the 1979 Palme d'Or and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Grass later received the Nobel Prize in literature. The Tin Drum was also the center of a dispute concerning the privacy of video rental records. Following a complaint that the film constituted "child porn" in violation of Oklahoma law, the police sought the names of all the people who had rented the Oscar winning film. Citing the Video Privacy Protection Act, a federal court ruled the search illegal and awarded damages.

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