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Re: this is great
• Posted by: Dan Sartori
• Date: Friday, November 8, 2002, at 3:17 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: this is great (Agent Q)

> They're not all just hype, the rumors about plagirism. There is a book
> recently published in Russia called Tanya Grotter and the Magical Double
> Bass.

> Grotter is an orphaned 11-year-old girl who rides a magical double bass,
> wears glasses, has an unusual mark on her face (a mole on her nose), and
> makes use of magic words to set spells in motion.

> Sounds like plagirism to me.

> --Agent Q

No, I'm sorry. Authors have the right to write stories of their own to sell, and you have no right to tell them that they can't. All of the characteristics you mentioned are things that are not trademarkable - they're common characteristics that could conceivably exist in multiple stories at the same time without plagiarism. It seems that you've absolutely ruled out the possibility that two people from COMPLETELY separate areas of the world can come up with roughly similar ideas (which happens much more often than you think). In fact, if we're going to take this to the Nth degree, the whole setting spells in motion with words thing could be used an as example of J.K. Rowling plagiarism, since it's hardly an original concept at all. It's time to take Harry Potter off of that pedestal, buddy, and realize that everything is not a takeoff on HP.

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