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Harry Potter Plagiarism Drama Continues!

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harry potter plagiarism lawsuit against jk rowling continues

Okay, so they've made it a bit further, but J.K. Rowling's lawyers will squash this lawsuit all in good time.

A judge has refused to dismiss a plagiarism lawsuit against the Harry Potter author, by the estate of late author Adrian Jacobs. They claim that Rowling's book Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire draws substantially from Jacob's 1987 book The Adventures of Will The Wizard - No. 1 Livid Land.

Jacobs' estate also claims that other plot points and ideas were stolen by Rowling, who of course calls the claims "unfounded" and "absurd." She also claims that she heard about Jacobs' book for the first time in 2004.

Justice David Kitchin will allow a one-day hearing to be scheduled to consider the case, and he has ordered that the trustee of Jacob's estate, Paul Allen, put down money as security for costs of the court case.

Here's what Allen's lawyer, Nick Kounoupias had to say about this news:

"If the claim does proceed, then J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury will be required to explain how the similarities between the two works came about, when to date there has been a refusal to disclose key manuscripts and notebooks."

We really just can't imagine this case going beyond this upcoming one-day hearing.

Do U think Jacob's estate has ANY chance against J.K. Rowling?

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All Your Favorite Websites Are Getting Sued (Except Us, Thankfully)!

Filed under: Legal MattersYouTube

Did Google, YouTube, Apple, AOL, Ebay, Netflix, Facebook, Yahoo, and more violate a patent without permission??

That's what Interval Licensing LLC's Paul Allen says. He's claiming that Interval provided the initial research funding for Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, which basically "resulted in Google." He also says that all the above websites used his Internet browsing technology, a patent in which he owns, between the years 2000 and 2004 and is now suing them, asking for unspecified damages, as well as an injunction that would prevent the websites from using his search engine technology or "a royalty for post-judgment infringement."

Crazy!!

Could this mean a huge change is coming in the way we use the Internet??

Inneresting.

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