Saturday, 20 February 2010
Posted by Jon Stone
‘Harry Potter plagiarism lawsuit could be billion-dollar case, says claimant’. The only real question to be answered is who’s the most transparent hustler here. Is it the family of a deceased multiple bankruptee whose claim to plagiarism amounts to ‘protagonist has to overcome a series of problems’ (presumably they’d be sueing Homer, if he was still alive and a billionaire)? Is it the lawyers, greedy for a high-profile case, who have shamelessly encouraged them? Or is it J.K. Rowling and her publisher for flogging such an unimaginative hodge-podge of hoary old narrative devices and stock characters?