Exploitation of Dragon Tattoo brand 'is a crime'


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The publicity surrounding the $100m (£64m) remake of a film of Stieg Larsson's novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has angered the late author's long-term partner.

Eva Gabrielsson, who lived with the crime writer from 1974 until his death 30 years later, said Larsson's work was intended to draw attention to violence and discrimination against women.

"We would never have sold merchandising rights," she said. "It has nothing to do with books." The clothing giant H&M has released a line of clothes inspired by Lisbeth Salander, the film's anti-heroine, though no rights deal applies. Larsson's father and brother said they would donate film earnings to charity.