Attorneys for J.K. Rowling Request Dismissal in Copyright Suit

By Hanako M. Ricks On Wednesday, attorneys for British author J.K. Rowling requested the dismissal of a copyright infringement lawsuit centered around Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The lawsuit was filed by the estate of the late Adrian Jacobs, who claims that Rowling copied details from Jacobs’ 1987 book “Willy the Wizard”. John Baldwin QC, who is representing Rowling in the suit, stated to the High Court that the suit should be dismissed, saying Rowling “did not copy the claimants work and there are no grounds for thinking otherwise”.
Willie the Wizard was, as Baldwin was quoted as saying to the court, “very, very badly written” and alleged the claimants’ website described it as “almost unreadable”.

The lawsuit is one of two being filed by Jacobs’ estate; in addition to the suit against Bloomsbury – the British publisher of the Harry Potter books – the estate recently filed a similar suit against Scholastic, who publishes the American editions of the best-selling series.

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