Dismissal Requested for Copyright Infringement Case Against Bloomsbury, J. K. Rowling

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Jul 29, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

As readers will recall, last February the estate of the late Adrian Jacobs added Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling to a lawsuit against UK Potter publisher Bloomsbury, charging copyright infringement of a 1987 work The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land. The lawsuit, which Ms Rowling related she was “saddened” by, claims the author “copied substantial parts of the work of the late Adrian Jacobs, The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land, and that Bloomsbury in selling the books have infringed the Estate’s copyright.”
Legal representatives for Ms Rowling continued to refute the claims on before the High Court in London on Wednesday, where they petitioned for the case to be dismissed before trial. The Telegraph reports:

Ms Rowling “did not copy the claimants work and there are no grounds for thinking otherwise”, the Financial Times reported him as saying. Mr Baldwin said the books were widely different and claimed it was fanciful to suggest Harry Potter was based on Willy The Wizard.

“We do not hold back ’ we say the allegations are a disgrace … and should never have been made,” he told Mr Justice Kitchin, who has been asked to give summary judgment on whether the claim should proceed to trial.

Mr Baldwin told the court that Willy the Wizard “was very, very badly written” and alleged the claimants’ website described it as “almost unreadable”.

Many thanks, Erna!





52 Responses to Dismissal Requested for Copyright Infringement Case Against Bloomsbury, J. K. Rowling

Avatar ImageJSwear1 says: Why are people so greedy? I hope they get the dismissal.Avatar ImageBeccaWeasley says: Same here!Avatar Imagematt_toeller420 says: Hell yeah this is bull. GO JO, beat these liars in court and get the dismissal.Avatar ImageGryffindor_Girl_xx says: That is the biggest load of crap that I've ever read. JKR did NOT copy anything and whoever says otherwise is full of crap too. >:-( GO JKR :)Avatar ImageEtakeh says: They are correct, the website excerpts are nearly unreadable. Very poorly written, although if expanded on it might have been ok. It's very non-detailed. It would be like Amtrak suing because there are trains in the book.Avatar Imagecrom says: These kind of greedy people make my blood boil. http://blogs.mallesons.com/ipwhiteboard/willy-the-wizard-v-j-k-rowling-your-exclusive-ip-whiteboard-analysis ^ An article I read recently pertaining to the case.Avatar Imagehermione62091 says: That bull CRAP I think the author of Willy The Wizard is jealous of JKR cuz her book is popular, WOW people need get a life instead blam on people for something supid.Avatar Imagehermione62091 says: I mean the person not the author.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Thats just awful! JK Rowling's work is genuine and unique and she did not copy it from ANYWHERE! Avatar ImagePotter_Puella says: They better get the dismissal...the things they state were "copied" are really broad; like "book has wizards play chess" and "wizards have own currency" and stuff like that. It is SUPER ridiculous because the actual author is dead...Avatar Imagespikester93 says: Just makes you so angry to think that someone is saying that about J.K. Rowling? I mean seriously, her story of Harry Potter is the ultimate story ever written.. and to think someone is jealous enough to accuse her of this? He needs councilling.Avatar Imagerotfang07 says: This case is not remotely serious but does have entertainment value. I've read the extracts of the dead person's booklet and it bears not the slightlest resemblance to HP, in fact it's so appallingly written, borderline incomprehensible at times, that nobody other than the person's family would have been foolish enough to read it. The only connections to GoF are extremely tenuous conceptual similarities, which of course are not copyrightable. The probable reason the estate are pursuing this is because the author died a bankrupt and this is possibly the only way the estate thought they might get some money for the author's descendants or for themselves. It's a publicity stunt, pure and simple, and won't get anywhere in an English court. Which reminds me, how refreshing to hear a QC tell it like it is: "no grounds"..."fanciful"..."very badly written"..."almost unreadable", just for starters. Great fun. Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Money..........Fame.........Power. It's all about that. All they want is to gain some right and they'll have the whole world revolving around them. But I think that is just ridiculous!Avatar ImageAvanelleWood says: he told Mr Justice Kitchin, who has been asked to give summary judgment on whether the claim should proceed to trial. ***LOL, Justice Kitchin sounds like a name that Jo would make up for the HP books ;) Avatar Imagemodernmagickian says: Yeah, some people see a selfish chance at self-gain and they act on it. Avatar Imagemodernmagickian says: Yeah, some people see a selfish chance at self-gain and they act on it. Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Thisjust pisses me off sooooooooooooooo bad!! I want to scream and kick and throw a huge fit!! Bluuh This is so stupid and selfish.It better be dismissed!! We love Jo and we know that she didn't copy anything!!<3Avatar Imagegirlatty1 says: The request for dismissal should be granted!! Avatar Imagelizzyrc says: stupid! she came up with harry potter and besides there are TONS! of books about wizards!Avatar ImageBuffyXO says: People are greedy because they think they can smell blood in the water when it comes to famous, rich people. In order to save face they are likely to pay the person off instead of weathering the bad press that may come with a public lawsuit.Avatar ImageDeathEather14 says: They are so stupid!!! How can they think that Jk Rowling copied something of that stupid book?? They are just asking for attention and they want some money!!! I hate them I really want them dead.Avatar ImageDeathEather14 says: They are so stupid!!! How can they think that Jk Rowling copied something of that stupid book?? They are just asking for attention and they want some money!!! I hate them I really want them dead.Avatar Imagechuzzle says: Willy the Wizard???? What the heck?!?!? Harry Potter all the way!!!!!! :DAvatar ImageLoonyMaddie3 says: That's just sad... :(Avatar Imagedoughboy6390 says: JKR did not copy anything. I HOPE THEY TEAR THAT "AUTHOR" APART IN COURT. Foe making such ridiculous claims! Avatar Imagedoughboy6390 says: JKR did not copy anything. I HOPE THEY TEAR THAT "AUTHOR" APART IN COURT. Foe making such ridiculous claims! Avatar ImageRavenclawZombie says: Umm.. guys... The author is dead so he can't possibly just want more money or power. It's probably his publishers. I hope the dismissal is granted and everything forgotten. I think that it sucks though that Mr Baldwin had to sink so low as to say that Willy the Wizard was badly written. Geee.Avatar ImageCatherine says: If anyone thought that they could take on Jo and her side-kicks and win...obviously are delusional because a) they cant win when they have nothing to back them up...which they dont-- their claims are terrible and complete bull and b) Jo's unbeatable....plain and simple! Nobody messes with Super Woman! :)Avatar ImageRavenclawZombie says: Man... My post got weird. :OAvatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: It is badly written, its more than bad its terrible! The extracts i've just read make no sense what so ever, people, things and places are introduced very quickly, never explained and then thrown aside in the next sentence. Nothing is discribed in any detail and the names of places and people are ridiculous. Maybe its the extracts they've chosen to show, but there doesn't seem to be any flow in the story. The fact that the publishers he approached told him to re-write it because they thought it didn't make any sense, (he rufused and published it himself) shows what a joke this really is! I think the claim of similarities between the books is stupid, if you're going to invent a world where wizards live then you're going to need to give them everything to live a believeable life, hospitals, money, schools, government, transport, shops, music, sport, prisons, food, drinks, animals and all the other things that Jkrowling took the time to create so beautifully and so completely. Hopefully this case will be put where it belongs, in the bin with all the other greedy money grabbers! Avatar Imagevicki_the_house_elf says: I've just read that it only has 36 pages, no wonder it doesn't make any sense!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: willy sucks i wish voldie would AK that posAvatar ImageAnnieFalls says: so stupid, jk would never.Avatar ImageAnnieFalls says: so stupid, jk would never.Avatar Imageigo2pigfarts says: wow! are people actually that stupid? I LOVE YOU JO!Avatar Imagerohit_albus severus says: some people are just jealous of the potter fame achieved by jkr..and that is the reason behind such probes.. i hope jkr will get rid of it quickly as possible..:-)Avatar Imageazaadpotter says: Such mean people. Go on JO prove them liarsAvatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: Go on JO prove them liars.Avatar ImageLuna Creevey says: J.K. Rowling has managed to become a (US dollar) billionaire from being poor single mother. Why can't people like these learn from her success and celebrate it instead of trying to leech money off her?Avatar Imagenimue_of_the_lake says: IMO, everyone is trying to get a piece of the HP pie, no matter the lengths it takes to achieve it. They'll lie, cheat, and steal to get all the glory they can. Even with the case dismissed, they still have the notoriety of challenging Jo. It's pathetic.Avatar ImageSaskiaM says: It's just pathetic, especially since they have this legal obligation to RESPOND to a lawsuit like this. People like that really just deserve to be ignored. There's absolutely no way that "Adrian Jacobs' estate" has the slightest chance of winning this case. They have no foundation to go on. What are they going to say -- "Jacobs' created the concept of wizards, and he also created the concept of death..." I've gone to the website and tried to read it; it IS terribly written and the story doesn't make any sense. (But of course, it was only a lead-up to Harry Potter! Just the ideas! Rowling only contributed the writing talent!) Rawr. This makes me really angry.Avatar ImageDobbyWinkyKreacher says: just someone wanting to cash in on Jo's success. They are jealous... reading into things that are just not there. Avatar ImageAnna Weasley says: I don't believe it for one minute that Jo would be a book thief copy cat. Some ideas really just pop into you're head and Harry Potter is an extensive series not only of 7 books of others that explain the back stories and in between stories. It doesn't seem plausible that all of this could come from a unknown book that “was very, very badly written” and alleged the claimants’ website described it as "almost unreadable".Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: If she had copied from that book, I doubt the Harry Potter series would be as successful and well written as they actually are. No offense Willy the Wizard ;)Avatar Imagemolly43 says: Thank Allah she has lawyers to deal with such headaches as these people.Avatar ImageIndigoMisfit says: I read one excerpt of Willy the Wizard. It made no sense. I think the author's estate knows that and wouldn't have done anything with the book, if it wasn't for its vague similarities to Harry Potter. They are just trying to cash in, probably hoping J.K.Rowling will settle instead of fight them. People's arrogance and greed amazes me.Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: Goodness me, honestly? This is ridiculus! These people are delusional and pure greedy. They will get nowhere. I hope they just get the dismissal and then all this crap can be over and done with, what a waste of everybody's time. GO JO! ;)Avatar ImageCarinaPotter says: The case should be dismissed. This is outrageous, all books are derived from others. This all because Adrian Jacobs' estate wants their five minutes of fame. They know they won't gain any money from it, they just want publicity. It's despicable.Avatar ImageXyra44 says: Love Etakeh's point of Amtrak suing because there are trains in the book. Makes me laugh. Also makes me sad that people think they can drag good authors through the muck. I'm on JK's side all the way.Avatar Imagesessionka says: Good Luck Jo!!!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Another person just trying to get money from Joe. Avatar Imagehewy says: The greed of some "estates" that are bankrupt truly amazes me. And I mean bankrupt in more ways that money. Where is their pride and integrity??? They have none!!!! PLEASE dear god do not settle this if it does go to court as that is what they are banking on - get the pay off and claim victory. Hang tough Jo!!!!!!!

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