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Harry Potter Author Sued For Copyright Infringement!

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Well this lawsuit took a long time to come to fruition!

Too bad they're not going to win!

A deceased writer's estate is attempting to sue Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and her publishing companies in the UK and US because they claim that the acclaimed author stole content from his stories and used it in her book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

According to the lawsuit, writer Adrian Jacobs unsuccessfully tried to sell his series, Willy the Wizard, to Rowling's UK publishers, Bloomsbury in 1987. Jacobs died ten years later, but his estate alleges that his first novel, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard - No 1 Livid Land bares a striking resemblance to the fourth book in the smash fantasy series!

They've since extended the copyright infringement lawsuit to the series' US publisher, Scholastic, and are requesting all copies of the book to be recalled and to transfer all of its profits to Jacobs' estate!

PSH. Are they effing insane??

We don't believe this bullshiz for a minute!

And even if there is a HINT of truth to this lawsuit - NOT that we think there is - Rowling's lawyers are going to tear these people apart in the courtroom!

LOLs! Nice try, morons!

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37 comments to “Harry Potter Author Sued For Copyright Infringement!”

  1. 1

    …hehehe "Willy" the Wizard….we know what that stands for….oh what a Wiz he is…

  2. 2

    She has had so many copy right cases against her it's sad. I mean sure her story does have semblances to Religion and things like that, but I wouldn't stay she outwardly stole anything. Plus like they really are going to let all that money go into the estate. If it ever came down to it the money should go to a cause not into their pockets. Sheesh.

  3. 3

    erm… I suppose they're also trying to get Charles Dickens's estate to join them… has anyone read the book? the twist is straight out of Tale of Two Cities…

  4. 4

    Goblet of Fire is a very basic story. A group of challenger compete for an award a prize. The Event takes place in 3 or 4 stages before the final ultimate challenge.

  5. 5

    f***k off, jk rowling is one of the best writers of our time, why would she need to steal work from someone who couldnt get published?

  6. 6

    jeez people always trying to make money with get rich quick shemes. leave this succesful lady alone

  7. ass says – reply to this


    LOL! If that's how you actually feel Perez, you really are one of the most naive people on the planet.

  8. 8

    Believe it, Dough Boy, because this is legitimate. This lawsuit is old news, *and* it's true. Apparently she did plagiarize the story contents. Do the research on the 'net before running your mouth. Points in common between the two books according to 'net sources: "A boy wizard, a wizarding school, a train taking wizards between realms, a contest involving a puzzle the hero solves in a bathroom with the help of friends, hostages held by magical creatures."

  9. 9

    It does not "bare" a striking resemblance, it "bears" a striking resemblance. Isn't this like high school-level spelling?

  10. 10

    Yet another author suing JK Rowling for copywrite infringement. This is what, lawsuit #5,248? People should learn, if they try to sue JK Rowling for copywrite infringement to get some money, they're going to lose. JK Rowing is an brilliant ORIGINAL author that's bestowed imagination, spirt, happiness and great moral value into children and adults all over the world.

    JK Rowling even won a case where the owner of the HP Lexicon was trying to publish an encyclopedia while JK Rowling was in the middle of writing her own.

  11. 11

    that bitch stole every story for every one of her "books". she is a thief & a liar.

  12. 12

    That's like a puppy nipping at a pit bull…pathetic.

  13. 13

    Re: goddamnjesus – JKR is not a liar or a thief. She did borrow some stuff from mythology and history but she just incorporated that into her story

  14. 14


    oh my god. even if it is true, who the fuck cares?! it's harry potter! the best books ever! do they really think this is going to work? who even asks for something that stupid, that they are recalled?

  15. 15

    oh well, im sure "willy" would have sucked anyway.

  16. 16

    lol its like she went to the library looked up every kid wizard book and just took things from here and there put it all together and hoped that no one would notice

  17. 17

    Lol willy the wizard? Its crazy what people will do for money.
    jk rowling didn't steal shit. This case has no merit.

  18. 18

    I heard about this a while ago… I can believe it.

  19. 19

    There is nothing original about the Harry Potter books, just like there is nothing original with the Twilight books. They probably wont win, but it is worth the effort since she stole most of her ideals.

  20. 20

    JK rowling is the best writer of this generation.

    they are trying to tap into her money and that pisses me the fuck off. they are mad because they dont have the talent she does.

    you can tell by her writing that is just original and nothing ever done like it before.

  21. 21

    "even if there is a HINT of truth to this lawsuit"

    So even if the lawsuit has some merit they shouldn't win anyway because she has good lawyers?

  22. 22

    I don't think she really stole ideas it's like vampires, all vampires books are from dracula story so who cares? she made best books while that writter is a nobody, I don't even think rowling actually read that book. famewhores

  23. 23

    Re: goddamnjesus – fuck you, you haven't read hp if you could actually read them you would know that she is extraordinary I really haven't really read anything more amazing than hp, and I have read a lot of books

  24. 24

    Re: Q*bert – Perhaps you should do more research regarding the content. For one Willy the Wizard is not a 'boy' in this book. He is an adult. The story of Willy does not focus around a school. It mentions that Willy once attended a wizard college, however wizard/witch schools existed prior to the release of Willy the Wizard so really there is no case for Rowling using a school. Yes, both books have a contest in them, however the tasks are much different from each other. For example, Willy has to rescue hostages from Angry Sam's compound. That doesn't sound anything like the Dark Lake in which Harry has to face Mermaids and sea creatures like Grindylows. Heck, Rowlings task has more in common with the ending of the Little Mermaid than it does with Willy the Wizard. After all, Eric had to rescue a hostage (Ariel) from the Sea Witch by entering a large body of water to save her. Oh no! I smell lawsuit. lol Just because two stories share similar elements that doesn't necessarily constitute plagiarism.

  25. Cass says – reply to this


    As much as I love Harry Potter, JKR is a mediocre writer. She's got flashes of imaginative brilliance, with the little details like chocolate frogs and Quidditch, but her actual writing isn't all that good. Her ability to flesh out characters is downright bad, and parts of the books (especially the last two) were actually painful. The plot and theme of the series is old hat, something we've seen hundreds of times before and often done better. She created a captivating universe, but I can absolutely believe that she cribbed from other writers.

  26. 26

    *yawwwwn* Someone sues Rowling every year. They can't handle that she's more amazing than they will ever be, so they try to get a slice of her pie, and they fail…every time.

  27. 27

    Rubbish..she does not have to steal from anyone. She is a very good writer. I call BS on this story.

  28. 28

    When did GOF published? 2000! That was 10 years ago, so why wait until now?

    It has no merit. and to the user saying J.K.R is a 'mediocre' writer, I would LOVE you to try and do better and sell the amount of books she has.

  29. drama says – reply to this


    This lawsuit does have merit and I imagine that if they're smart, Scholastic and Bloomsbury will settle out of court. She did plagarize a lot of her ideas, but so does every author. The problem with Rowling is that she more or less stole ideas without bothering to reinvent them. I love the HPs because they are entertaining and got a lot of children back into reading, but she does have to acknowledge what she stole and while it's admirable of her fans to stick up for her, the authors that need defending are the ones who are stolen from and not the ones who got buckets of money from other people's ideas.

  30. 30

    Oh boy…ANOTHER lawsuit. *rolls eyes*

  31. 31

    BAHAHA, this is just a bunch of idiots trying to make a buck. Good luck with that one kids.

  32. 32

    Re: drama – These ideas you're referring to are quite common amongst fantasy genres. They also existed before Willy the WIzard. Are you seriously going to sit there and tell me you've never heard of a contest or tournament before? That it was somehow invented when Willy hit the pages? So now…. no one is allowed to write stories about tournaments and magical creatures without paying up to the great big Willy? lol Give me a break. If this is the case, then previous authors of the fantasy genre that involve wizards should take their turns suing Jacob's estate because they wrote about those ideas first. Also… No one should really write fantasy stories anymore because many of them share the same ideas. Since they're all apparently 'plagiarizing' now.

  33. 33

    I saw the Potter movies, and I enjoyed them, but not enough for me to want to sit on my ass and read any of her books!

  34. SS18 says – reply to this


    Willy the Wizard? You really think that any lame ass would read that god awful titled book?
    You should be thanking JK for making it… better.

  35. 35

    Hahahaha poor losers! Rowling is an amazing writer and she doesn't need to be stealing anyone ideas! She has a great imagination! Love her

  36. 36

    Yeah, and ’cause my book has a gold egg written in there, she stole my idea… Get a life! Poor loser

  37. 37

    where is this cover from? ive never seen this one before