Plagiarism is a nasty thing with which to be saddled. I have been plagiarized very rarely and, in those moments, have been satisfied to know that the dispute was settled quickly, cleanly, and without the need for lawyers or courts. Sometimes, however, it is unavoidable.
In the realm of celebrity writing, there is much more likelihood that someone, somewhere, is going to be retaining an attorney, because as we all know, many celebrities are either paid big advances for their ideas or stories, or they tend to do well in sales simply due to their status.
In the case of the Clintons, for instance, Hillary’s book with former vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, was a complete dud. I’m pretty sure they were giving those books away to the one or two-dozen people who had shown up at their rallies. For her daughter, Chelsea, however, it appears that her children’s book, “She Persisted” while making a ton of cash, may in fact have been “lifted” from another source. And the original author is not happy.
Nevertheless, she infringed.
At least, that’s the accusation being made by a writer who is suing former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton for $150,000.
Christopher Kimberley filed a federal lawsuit in New York claiming Clinton and publisher Penguin Random House stole his book idea when they produced the children’s book ‘She Persisted.’
Clinton derived the idea for her book from the temper tantrum thrown on the Senate floor by Democrat Elizabeth Warren, which produced this quote from Mitch McConnell …
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.
Liberals turned the last three words into a feminist rallying cry, and Clinton took the cue for her book.
Via the Daily Mail:
An author is suing Chelsea Clinton for ‘ripping off’ his idea to write her feminist children’s book ‘She Persisted’.
Christopher Janes Kimberley, 56, filed a federal lawsuit in New York against Chelsea Clinton, 37, and Penguin Random House accusing the former first daughter of copyright infringement.
Kimberely claims that his book featured three quotes that were also featured in the book ‘She Persisted.’
…[H]e insisted that the president of Penguin Young Readers US, Jennifer Loja, must have received the submission in 2013, read it, and then gave the idea to Clinton.
This may be an open-and-shut case of plagiarism, or it may simply be a sour-grapes author of much talent, but little fame who just happened to have come up with the same idea as Clinton. There is a good reason why aspiring authors keep emails and written letter responses from publishing houses and first readers. This is just such an occasion where the old “mail-it-to-yourself-and-don’t-open-it” routine comes in handy, too.
Regardless, if it turns out to be true, that she did plagiarize the material, they’ll most like settle it quickly.
Source: Political Insider