From The Guardian:
Young adult novelist Cassandra Clare is “surprised and disappointed” by a lawsuit accusing her of copying fantasy author Sherrilyn Kenyon’s novels, according to her lawyer, who has rejected Kenyon’ claims as baseless.
Kenyon’s case, filed last week, claims that when her Dark-Hunter books are compared to Clare’s Shadowhunter series, “in many respects, the elements are virtually identical”.
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In Clare’s first public response to the accusations, her lawyer John Cahill said: “Cassie was both surprised and disappointed that Ms Kenyon would file this baseless lawsuit, a decade after the debut of Cassie’s books …
“Tellingly, the lawsuit failed to identify a single instance of actual copying or plagiarism by Cassie … There is little chance of anyone confusing Cassie’s young adult themes and orientation with the sometimes very adult storylines in Ms Kenyon’s books. Indeed, we expect that all of Ms Kenyon’s claims will be dismissed.”
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Cahill added that Kenyon’s suit “rests on a basic misunderstanding of copyright law and Cassie’s totally original work”.
“The law does not protect ideas and myths, it protects only the expression of those ideas,” Cahill’s statement reads. “For instance, Ms Kenyon complains that Cassie stole her idea to use ‘normal objects … imbued with magical properties such as a cup, a sword, and a mirror,’ but those ideas and many others to which Ms Kenyon lays claim have long been part of our storytelling tradition from ancient times to the present.”
Link to the rest at The Guardian and thanks to Scath for the tip.