Monday, July 25, 2011

Harry Potter Boffo at the Box Office and in the Courtroom

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: **UK TABLOID ** L-R...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
The copyright infringement suit in the U.K. against Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling (see "TUOL" post 2/18/10) has been derailed by the claimant's inability to post the court-ordered security, Reuters reports.

The estate of children's book author Adrian Jacobs could not raise the 1.6 million pounds ($2,605, 653) required by the court as security against the cost of the case were it to proceed to trial, missing the Friday deadline to come up with the initial 800,000 pounds ($1,384,337). Jacobs was the author of the 32-page The Adventures of Willy the Wizard--No. 1 Livid Land (1987), which his heirs claimed was copied by Rowling in her 734-page Children's Book Award-winning Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which has sold more than 400 million copies.

In January of this year, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York Shira Sheindlin found "no overlap" in dismissing the Jacobs' estate copyright infringement claim in Paul Gregory Allen, Trustee of the Estate of Adrian Jacobs v. Scholastic, Inc. (Case No. 10-CV-5335) (See "TUOL" post 1/11/11).

Meanwhile, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2 has thus far grossed more than $48 million domestically at the box office, thank you very much, so it's been a good month for Rowling.
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