Dismissal Requested for Copyright Infringement Case Against Bloomsbury, J. K. Rowling
July 29, 2010, 01:36 PM
As readers will recall, last February the estate of the late Adrian Jacobs added Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling to a lawsuit against UK Potter publisher Bloomsbury, charging copyright infringement of a 1987 work The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land. The lawsuit, which Ms Rowling related she was "saddened" by, claims the author "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."
Legal representatives for Ms Rowling continued to refute the claims on before the High Court in London on Wednesday, where they petitioned for the case to be dismissed before trial. The Telegraph reports
Ms Rowling "did not copy the claimants work and there are no grounds for thinking otherwise", the Financial Times reported him as saying. Mr Baldwin said the books were widely different and claimed it was fanciful to suggest Harry Potter was based on Willy The Wizard.
"We do not hold back – we say the allegations are a disgrace ... and should never have been made," he told Mr Justice Kitchin, who has been asked to give summary judgment on whether the claim should proceed to trial.
Mr Baldwin told the court that Willy the Wizard “was very, very badly written” and alleged the claimants’ website described it as "almost unreadable".
Many thanks, Erna!
I read one excerpt of Willy the Wizard. It made no sense. I think the author’s estate knows that and wouldn’t have done anything with the book, if it wasn’t for its vague similarities to Harry Potter. They are just trying to cash in, probably hoping J.K.Rowling will settle instead of fight them. People’s arrogance and greed amazes me.
Goodness me, honestly? This is ridiculus! These people are delusional and pure greedy. They will get nowhere. I hope they just get the dismissal and then all this crap can be over and done with, what a waste of everybody’s time. GO JO! ;)
The case should be dismissed. This is outrageous, all books are derived from others. This all because Adrian Jacobs’ estate wants their five minutes of fame. They know they won’t gain any money from it, they just want publicity. It’s despicable.
The greed of some “estates” that are bankrupt truly amazes me. And I mean bankrupt in more ways that money. Where is their pride and integrity??? They have none!!!! PLEASE dear god do not settle this if it does go to court as that is what they are banking on – get the pay off and claim victory. Hang tough Jo!!!!!!!