JK ROWLING & BLOOMSBURY PUBLISHING FAIL TO STOP HIGH COURT COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CLAIM

Image of WizardJK Rowling and Bloomsbury Publishing may well face a 10-day High Court trial following a ruling by Mr Justice Kitchin in the claim brought against them by Paul Allen, the trustee of the estate of Adrian Jacobs deceased. Mr. Jacobs was the author of a wizard adventure novella entitled ‘Willy the Wizard’. Mr. Allen claims in proceedings brought in 2009 that copyright in Willy the Wizard has been infringed by ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, the well known book written by JK Rowling and published in the UK by Bloomsbury.

Both JK Rowling and Bloomsbury deny all of the claims. However, after an interim hearing in July, lasting three days, the Judge decided that the claim against JK Rowling and Bloomsbury Publishing may succeed and would not be dismissed at this early stage.

Nick Kounoupias, acting on behalf of Mr. Allen said; “Mr. Allen is delighted with this decision, although this is precisely the result we expected. We were surprised that any attempt was made to dispose of the claim at this stage and before all the relevant documents had been made available. Even at this early stage, the judge has concluded that the claim may succeed at a full trial. If the claim does proceed then JK Rowling and Bloomsbury will be required to explain how the similarities between the two works came about, when to date there has been a refusal to disclose key manuscripts and notebooks despite our request that they do so.”

The proceedings are being handled by a team at law firm DMH Stallard LLP led by Nick Kounoupias. DMH Stallard LLP are experts at handling complex disputes relating to intellectual property infringement and reputation management.

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