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Rowling ‘plagiarism’ case extended to U.S. publishers

Representatives for late British writer Adrian Jacobs’ estate filed papers last year (09) alleging the author approached Rowling’s U.K. publishers Bloomsbury in 1987, ten years before his death, and unsuccessfully attempted to sell them his Willy The Wizard stories.

The lawsuit claims Rowling’s 2000 book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, bears a resemblance to segments of Jacobs’ novel The Adventures of Willy the Wizard – No 1 Livid Land.

And the case has now been extended to the U.S. – the writer’s estate filed another copyright infringement lawsuit on Tuesday (13Jul10) in a New York federal court against the book’s Stateside publishing house Scholastic Inc.

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The trustees are calling for the firm to recall all copies of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and pay Jacobs’ estate all profit derived from its sale.

Spokesperson Kyle Good, from Scholastic Inc., says, “We have not been served yet, and we wouldn’t comment on pending litigation.”

Rowling has previously slammed the initial lawsuit, branding it “absurd”.

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