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Judge dismisses Rowling plagiarism case

7th January 2011

A lawsuit that accused Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling of plagiarism has been dismissed by a US judge.

The estate of the late Adrian Jacobs alleged that elements of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Rowling's fourth Harry Potter instalment, were inspired by his The Adventures of Willy the Wizard No 1 Livid Land.

However, judge Shira Scheindlin concluded that there are significant differences between Goblet of Fire and Jacobs' children's book, which was published in 1987.

In her ruling, she stated: 'The contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity.'

Scholastic, Rowling's publisher in the US, welcomed the decision, adding that it will 'vigorously defend any such frivolous claims' regarding the author's creativity and the Harry Potter series.

The copyright infringement suit filed in July last year made a number of demands, including that Scholastic destroys its copies of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and pays all profits derived from the book to Jacobs' estate, law.com reported.
 

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