Saturday, February 20, 2010

Chess wizards puts JK Rowling to a billion-dollar lawsuit case.

I guess that never in JK Rowling wildest dreams that a casual chess scenario where wizards playing chess games on trains she depicted in her book Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry would lead to a billion-dollar plagiarism lawsuit case. According to the accusers, the plagiarism allegation concerned the story plot rather than the words which was "stolen" from a British author's book called The Adventures of Willy the Wizard. Rowling denied the allegation saying she never heard of the book or the author. I always believe that there are two kinds of plagiarism. The intentional and the unintentional. But the intentional is most abound, of course. I don't know in which case JK Rowling is in.

"These were Pullman-like trains made of see-through platinum, and inside the trains were chess rooms. Willie was handicapped 18. There were Wizard Chess Masters who were virtually unbeatable. Willie had made a daring move. He didn’t want to watch his opponent’s response and his mind wandered at the moment that Angel Sandy had tapped violently on the train window."

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