Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Breaking Dawn - Plagiarism Update (Poss spoilers incl.if you have not read Breaking Dawn)

As you may have heard, there has been a plagiarism claim laid against Stephenie Meyer for her 4th book in the Twilight Saga, Breaking Dawn.

Jordan Scott, who wrote a book called 'The Nocturne', at the age of 15, and posted excerpts of it online, before later being published, is the claimant.

Scott's attorneys have sent a cease-and-desist order to Meyer's publisher, Hachette Book Group. They highlight similarities in both books, including a wedding, a romantic rendezvous on a beach, and a vampire transformation, among other scenarios.
Scott's attorneys say they plan to file a copyright infringement lawsuit in federal court, and say they seek no monetary damages.

Both sides have issued statements.

Scott's attorney said: "Jordan Scott regularly posted passages and chapters to her website. In reviewing Breaking Dawn, we found a number of instances where the text, characters and storyline contain substantial similarities to Scott's original work."

The Hachette Book Group released this statement: "The claim that Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer somehow infringes on an alleged book by someone named Jordan Scott is completely without merit. Neither Stephenie Meyer nor her representatives had any knowledge of this writer or her supposed book prior to this claim. Ms. Scott’s attorney has yet to furnish us with a copy of the book to support this claim as requested. The world of The Twilight Saga and the stories within it are entirely the creation of Ms. Meyer. Her books have been a phenomenal sensation, and perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that other people may seek to ride the coattails of such success. This claim is frivolous and any lawsuit will be defended vigorously."

So what are your views?

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