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Why cannot we value Harry Potter as a wonderful book and not as a money industry ? Hope this plagia accusation is the last one…

Bloomsbury Publishing
Plc on Monday denied allegations that J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter’s author) copied “substantial parts” of another children book for the writing of “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”

This book was published in 2000 and is the fourth installment of the hugely successful wizard Harry Potter series that has sold more than 400 million copies worldwide and been turned into a multi-billion-dollar film franchise.

“The allegations of plagiarism made on Monday 15 June 2009, by the Estate of Adrian Jacobs are unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue,” said Bloomsbury, which publishes Harry Potter in Britain.

“This claim is without merit and will be defended vigorously.”

In an earlier statement, Jacobs’ estate said that it had issued proceedings at London’s High Court against Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for copyright infringement.

“The Estate is also seeking a court order against J.K. Rowling herself for pre-action disclosure in order to determine whether to join her as a defendant to the … action,” the statement read.

It named the estate’s trustee as Paul Allen, and said that Rowling had copied “substantial parts” of “The Adventures of Willy the Wizard — No 1 Livid Land” written by Jacobs in 1987.

It added that the plot of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire copied elements of the plot of Willy the Wizard, including a wizard contest, and that the Potter series borrowed the idea of wizards traveling on trains.

“Both Willy and Harry are required to work out the exact nature of the main task of the contest which they both achieve in a bathroom assisted by clues from helpers, in order to discover how to rescue human hostages imprisoned by a community of half-human, half-animal fantasy creatures,” the estate statement said.

“It is alleged that all of these are concepts first created by Adrian Jacobs in Willy the Wizard, some 10 years before J.K. Rowling first published any of the Harry Potter novels and 13 years before Goblet of Fire was published.”

According to the statement, Jacobs had sought the services of literary agent Christopher Little who later became Rowling’s agent. Jacobs died “penniless” in a London hospice in 1997, it said.

In its response, Bloomsbury said Rowling “had never heard of Adrian Jacobs nor seen, read or heard of his book Willy the Wizard until this claim was first made in 2004, almost seven years after the publication of the first book in the highly publicized Harry Potter series.

Willy the Wizard is a very insubstantial booklet running to 36 pages which had very limited distribution. The central character of Willy the Wizard is not a young wizard and the book does not revolve around a wizard school.”

Bloomsbury added that the claim was first made in 2004 by solicitors acting on behalf of Jacobs’ son, who was the representative of his father’s estate.

“The claim was unable to identify any text in the Harry Potter books which was said to copy Willy the Wizard.”

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A music promoter yesterday (Wednesday) sued to stop Michael Jackson from performing in London this year, claiming this would violate a prior contract.

New Jersey-based AllGood Entertainment Inc contends in the lawsuit filed in federal court in New York it signed a deal with the singer’s manager, Frank DiLeo, in November committing him to an appearance in the U.S. this summer.

Under the agreement, the famous singer Jackson is not supposed to give another concert before that show, the lawsuit states. Jackson has signed with AEG Live to play 50 shows at London’s O2 Arena starting in July.

AllGood Entertainment contends those shows violate the New Jersey company’s agreement with DiLeo, which it says predates the singer’s deal with AEG Live.

Representatives for Jackson and AEG Live were not immediately available to comment.

AEG Live, which is named in the lawsuit, has previously called AllGood Entertainment’s claims meaningless.

Jackson has been rehearsing in the Los Angeles area for the London shows.

AllGood Entertainment
contends in its lawsuit its agreement with DiLeo also left the door open for Jackson to perform with other members of his show business family, which includes his brothers from the Jackson Five and sister Janet Jackson.

The company’s lawsuit alleges breach of contract, fraud and tortious interference with a contract. It seeks at least $20 million in compensatory damages and at least $20 million in punitive damages.

It also names as defendants Jackson’s production company, as well as DiLeo, his company and AEG Live’s parent company AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company.

Jackson’s series of London shows have been touted as unprecedented. AEG Live says that, all together, the shows will gather the biggest audience ever to see an artist in one city.

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The famous actress is facing two drunken driving charges !

Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office says Lori Petty, 45-year-old, was charged Friday with two counts of driving under the influence with injuries stemming from a May 30 arrest.

Petty was arrested after hitting a skateboarder with her car in the Venice Beach area.

Spokesman Frank Mateljan says the actress was also charged with driving without proof of insurance.

Petty’s film credits include “Point Break,” “Tank Girl” and “A League of Their Own.” It could not immediately be determined Friday whether Petty retains a lawyer or professional representative.

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Kiefer Sutherland and the victim of a headbutting incident have resolved their differences, clearing the way for an assault charge against the actor to be dismissed.

Sutherland apologized to Jack McCollough, the famous fashion designer who had claimed the 24 year-old star broke his nose in a fight at a New York nightclub May 5th.

Sutherland said: “I am sorry about what happened that night and sincerely regret that Mr. McCollough was injured”.

McCollough told a source: “I appreciate Mr. Sutherland’s statement and wish him well”.

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