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Rowling invokes the magic of litigation
Russians making off with the intellectual property?
By Mike Whybark
November 07, 2002
Source: Herald Sun Web site
Australia's THE HERALD SUN provides coverage of HARRY POTTER
creator J. K. Rowling's paper rattling in a Russian direction. A Russian author, Dimitry Yemets, published TANYA GROTTER AND HER MAGICAL DOUBLE BASS
in August; a second book is also out now and more are planned.
A law firm has issued a letter to the GROTTER
publishers threatening legal proceedings if the GROTTER
books aren't stopped.
books' Russian publisher's spokesperson stated, "These books were translated into English, they were compared with HARRY POTTER
books and it was determined that they are a plagiarism."
Alexei Shekhov, spokesperson for the GROTTER
publisher, rebuts, "It is not plagiarism. It is a parody. The common elements which are there are not used only by Rowling, but in PETER PAN
and other children's books. There is nothing original in what Rowling wrote."Questions? Comments? Let us know what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.