Famed quotation isn't dead -- and could even prove costly

William Faulkner's line, "The past is never dead. It's not even past," is now at the center of a lawsuit.

Story highlights

  • William Faulkner quotation subject of a lawsuit
  • Woody Allen used much-quoted line in "Midnight in Paris"; Faulkner estate suing
  • Studio believes line is protected by legal doctrine; if they're wrong, could affect other works
  • Faulkner, one of America's greatest writers, generally not known for pithy quotations