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Twilight copyright lawsuit thrown out by US judge

4th December 2009

A lawsuit filed against Twilight author Stephenie Meyer has been dismissed by a judge in the US.

The suit, brought by author Jordan Scott, claimed that key elements of Meyer's publishing phenomenon were lifted from his 2006 novel, The Nocturne.

Specifically it argued that Meyer took plot lines, characters and ideas from his work for her novel, Breaking Dawn.

However, United States District Court Judge Otis D. Wright II, said the allegations were baseless and that the two works were 'vastly different', according to a statement issued by Breaking Dawn publisher Hachette Books.

The judge went further, claiming Scott had sought to deliberately misrepresent similarities between the two books, and had 'twice manipulated aspects of the subject works in order to create the appearance of similarity'.

In 2007, The Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown faced a similar suit over alleged copyright infringement, which he also successfully fought.

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