|A case of throwing |
the book at the claimant?
In short, it is alleged that JK Rowling infringed the copyright in Adrian Jacobs' Willy the Wizard in the course of writing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. JK Rowling and her publisher Bloomsbury deny that there has been any copying of all or a substantial part of Willy, claim that any similarity is superficial and assert that JK Rowling had no access to Willy either. In this hearing the defendants sought summary judgment on the basis that the infringement claim could not possibly succed or, in the alternative, a conditional order that the case go to trial only if Allen, on behalf of Willy's deceased author, provides security for costs.
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