J.K. Rowling Adamantly Denies Plagiarism Charges
Posted on February 23, 2010
J.K. Rowling is furious over what she says is a totally absurd plagiarism lawsuit. The lawsuit claims that she stole the idea of Harry Potter from a deceased author named Adrian Jacobs. The estate found out that the statute of limitations had not run, so it filed suit. The lawsuit claims that in 1987 Jacobs submitted to Bloomsbury a number of stories about Willy the Wizard. Bloomsbury rejected the stories.
Rowling said in a statement, "The fact is I had never heard of the author or the book before the first accusation by those connected to the author's estate in 2004; I have certainly never read the book."
She also said, "The claims that are made are not only unfounded but absurd and I am disappointed that I, and my U.K. publisher Bloomsbury, are put in a position to have to defend ourselves. We will be applying to the court immediately for a ruling that the claim is without merit and should therefore be dismissed without delay."
Ah, the price of fame. Once an author hits the big time, lots of people come out of the woodwork claiming plagiarism. Just ask Dan Brown. This case will most likely be dismissed, but in the meantime, Jo Rowling has to pay her attorneys to defend the case and make statements to clear her name.