Friday, January 07, 2011

Legal: Harry Potter Lawsuit Dismissed - Harry Triumphs over Willy the Wizard

Statement from Scholastic regarding the Harry Potter lawsuit brought by the estate of Adrian Jacobs:

Scholastic is extremely pleased that Judge Scheindlin decided to dismiss, at the earliest stage possible, the lawsuit brought against Scholastic by the estate of Adrian Jacobs. The Court's swift dismissal supports our position that the case was completely without merit and that comparing Willy the Wizard to the Harry Potter series was absurd. Judge Scheindlin clearly agreed, stating: "...the contrast between the total concept and feel of the works is so stark that any serious comparison of the two strains credulity." Scholastic will continue to vigorously defend any such frivolous claims challenging the originality of Harry Potter and the brilliant imagination of its author, J.K. Rowling.

Kyle Good
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Scholastic Inc.

Source: Scholastic Inc.