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Suit Claiming Copyright Infringement Against Bloomsbury Adds J. K. Rowling as Defendant; JKR "Saddened" by Claim

J.K. Rowling
Posted by: Edward
February 17, 2010, 03:07 PM

Bloomberg is reporting that Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling has been added as a defendant in a plagiarism lawsuit against UK Harry Potter book publisher Bloomsbury we first reported last summer. As readers will recall, the suit, filed by the estate of late children's author Adrian Jacobs, claimed that "JK Rowling copied substantial parts of the work of the late Adrian Jacobs, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land, and that Bloomsbury in selling the books have infringed the Estate's copyright."  Today, the estate included J. K. Rowling as a defendant in that suit, after, as the estate claims, "discovering legal cause of action against her within the last six years."


J. K. Rowling has released the following statement through her spokesman:
"I am saddened that yet another claim has been made that I have taken material from another source to write Harry. The fact is I had never heard of the author or the book before the first accusation by those connected to the author’s estate in 2004; I have certainly never read the book.  The claims that are made are not only unfounded but absurd and I am disappointed that I, and my U.K. publisher Bloomsbury, are put in a position to have to defend ourselves."

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112 Comments

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9916 Points

Ugh, I just read the attached article and it said something about Jacob’s family trying to get Bloomsbury to stop publishing GOF. WHAT. THE. ****!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Somebody please just….shut these people UP alread!

Posted by Owana Potter on February 17, 2010, 07:07 PM report to moderator
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444 Points

Here we go again. I remember when this came up last summer I went to some site that showed all the similarities. Even using my imagination, I thought they were totally reaching on this one. The stories really aren’t anything alike beyond the idea of a boy wizard. And gee, can they really claim they thought of that first? They should take a good look and make sure that he isn’t the own stealing ideas for his very small and unknown book.

Enough, already, with accusing JKR of stealing someone else’s material. The sad thing is that it will cost everyone a lot of time and money just to finally have it declared that HP is not a rip off of this tiny book. It must not have been in my kid’s school library. In 1987 they were in elementary school and if the book was even remotely being read, it seems likely that one of them might have checked it out or one of their teachers might have read it to the class.

Posted by Eeyore on February 17, 2010, 07:39 PM report to moderator
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What a ridiculus claim. The estate of this author are clearly fuelled by greed and a jealousy of what a talented author can achieve. Contests, magic, travel and mystery are key components of many books of this genre. This family needs to see sense and cease their legal proceedings as they will lose not only money but what remains of their reputation.

Posted by lurking_llama on February 17, 2010, 08:16 PM report to moderator
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89 Points

This just reaks of greed! Seriously, I feel bad for JK and Bloomsbury for having to deal with such petty, jealous, and greedy people!

Posted by lazykitty on February 17, 2010, 08:21 PM report to moderator
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This is horribly ridiculous, why would J.K Rowling do that? Do they actually think that a dedicated writer like her would do such a thing?! Gosh this is annoying!

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the worst part is when these authors try to make it sound like jo has been putting on this face of being a generous and talented author. “haha! she fooled us all!” it’s like, stop. you are so obviously trying to get a buck, and even if you have managed to pretend to yourself that you somehow have a claim over the story of harry, well, i hate to break your plate, but this is the fantasy genre. lots of similar elements in these types of stories. the difference between jo’s and the others is that she wrote them into an awesome series and it sold a katrillion books.

Posted by abandonedboyjon on February 17, 2010, 08:41 PM report to moderator
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I get so tried of people suing JK Rowling & her publishers for plagiarism. Just because you have a wizard hospital, prison, school & she does too, does not mean that she copied you. You sir, did NOT create the wizard, nor his school, hospital or prison!

Posted by HeatherD on February 17, 2010, 09:31 PM report to moderator
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this is so dumb! willy what??! i have never heard of this other book. im quite certain that jo is first of all, brilliant and thought up harry and his world all on her own and second, no one would have been able to create such a substantial and detailed seven book series off of one willy-whatever-book. so. i think that should clear this up.

Posted by Nealie Zealbie on February 17, 2010, 09:31 PM report to moderator
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what an annoyance for JK having to defend herself again! I have read many fantasies and they all have similar things in them. that’s what happens when you have use mythology, fantasy concepts and magic in a story. i’m sure if the Harry Potter series had been only mildly popular we’d never hear from these people.

Posted by Green on February 17, 2010, 10:18 PM report to moderator
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Putting aside a host of other conundrums, how on earth can they claim that J.K. Rowling copied “substantial parts” of The Adventures of Willy the Wizard, when Willy the Wizard is only 36 pages long? Cutting out all of Harry Potter’s many pros (excellent writing and characters), I want to see someone write a seven-book series off of that small a paperback, because that would be a logic problem large enough to send Spock into cardiac arrest.

Posted by zeitgeber on February 17, 2010, 10:18 PM report to moderator
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1317 Points

When will all this garbage come to a screaming halt? These people are just pure and simple gold-diggers. The only people who are going to be making money off this are the solicitors (lawyers).

Posted by hewy on February 17, 2010, 10:50 PM report to moderator
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562 Points

Sorry to say, but the worthless parasites are always with us demanding a share of someone else’s work.

Posted by Phoenix1946 on February 18, 2010, 12:37 AM report to moderator
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12348 Points

THIS IS SO PATHETIC!

I’m thinking like ‘what the heck?’ JKR had the plots of the book already written in like 1995! This is actually very absurd! I think this pathetic guy, just wants to make money out of the Harry Potter franchise by suing the author! And, WHO THE HECK KNOWS ABOUT A BOOK CALLED ‘The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land’?? Has anyone actually heard about that book before summer 09, when someone wanted to sue JKR because of it? Do they even sell that book is stores?

I looked the book up on Amazon, and they had two costumers ratings and reviews. They rated it a 2 star. Plus, both their reviews put that ‘the book will only be known as the book in which someone tried to sue JKR for’

Whereas GoF, is rated a five star out of 4,410 reviews.

THE BOOK IS 36 PAGES!!!
GoF is 752 pages!!!

GET SOME SENSE ADRIAN JACOB! Oh yeah sure! JKR wrote a 752 page book based on a 36 children’s book! AMAZING! I said it before and I’m going to say it again, THIS IS SO PATHETIC! and GET A SENSE ADRIAN JACOB!

Sheesh! I’m so so so mad! UGH!

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on February 18, 2010, 12:41 AM report to moderator
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Poor Jo! :( I hope all goes well…. all this legal stuff is never fun.

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on February 18, 2010, 12:43 AM report to moderator
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12348 Points

ADRIAN JACOB IS SUCH A FREAK!

Posted by LoveTomRiddle [ROAR] on February 18, 2010, 12:55 AM report to moderator
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