Copyright Lawsuit Against J. K. Rowling, Bloomsbury Dismissed by Judge
January 06, 2011, 10:10 PM
A lawsuit against Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling and the book's UK publisher, Bloomsbury, by the estate of the late Adrian Jacobs has been dismissed by the judge, a statement from US Potter publisher Scholastic reveals. The statement reads:
Scholastic is extremely pleased that Judge Scheindlin decided to dismiss, at the earliest stage possible, the lawsuit brought against Scholastic by the estate of Adrian Jacobs. The Court's swift dismissal supports our position that the case was completely without merit and that comparing Willy the Wizard to the Harry Potter series was absurd. Judge Scheindlin clearly agreed, stating: “…the contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity.” Scholastic will continue to vigorously defend any such frivolous claims challenging the originality of Harry Potter and the brilliant imagination of its author, J.K. Rowling.
This ruling follows a request for dismissal petitioned by Bloomsbury last July
. Previously, the estate of Mr. Jacobs charged
the publisher and Ms. Rowling with copyright infringement of a 1987 work The Adventures of Willy the Wizard-No 1 Livid Land.
This is EXCELLENT news!
Good to hear! I can’t believe this suit took so long to get settled…it was clearly ridiculous from the start.
Great for Jo! She is a brilliant lady and anyone who denies it needs to get rid of the wrackspurts in their brain! It’s a relief that the judge dismissed it. It was a rather silly claim. Congrats Jo!
oh, willy! why was this ever taken to court? anyway, congrats to jo; im sure she is happy that this is over!
Wizards are popular topic to use with children fantasy stories. It is not to my surprise that 2 stories happened to possess similar settings.
Epic WIN for the court system! I’m so glad Rowling doesn’t have to keep going to these court appearances, it sounds like they really upset her.
Congratulations Scholastic and Jo!!!
Hah! The lawsuit was stupid to begin with~
Wait, is the lawsuit against Jo and Bloomsbury, or Jo and Scholastic? The article says two different things…
Yeah! That Adrain Jacobs was only jealous and wanted to rob from Rowling. Justice. :)
Hey guys! I’ve created a group to celebrate this dismiss of lawsuit!
Please come and join!
Remember, people… it wasn’t Jacobs that was mounting the suit. He’s been gone for over 10 years now. It was mounted under the name of his ESTATE, by someone else.
Let’s hope there will be no more of those pointless claims…!
Awesome! As ridiculous as the suit was, you never know with the courts. I’m glad this judge clearly had his head on straight.