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J.K. Rowling sued by author's estate over Harry Potter



Tbd-jkrowling021910 Harry Potter scribe J.K. Rowling has been named in a lawsuit alleging she stole ideas for her series from another British author, the AP reports, an allegation she denied. Well, what's she gonna do? Say, yeah I did it?

The estate of the late Adrian Jacobs added Rowling as a defendant in a lawsuit it filed in June against Bloomsbury Publishing PLC for alleged copyright infringement, the AP says. The lawsuit, filed in a London court, claims Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire copied substantial parts of Jacobs' 1987 book, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard -- No. 1 Livid Land. Jacobs' estate says other ideas ended up in other books, not just Goblet, which is fourth in Rowling's series.

"I am saddened that yet another claim has been made that I have taken material from another source to write Harry," said Rowling, who was added to the suit once the estate, which is based in Australia, found out the statute of limitations to sue her had not yet run out as previously thought. "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."

But they heard of you, J.K., and isn't that what's important?

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[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 11:19am]


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