Oprah Winfrey Sued for Plagiarism

Oprah Winfrey is being sued for plagiarism by Charles Harris, the author of How America Elects Her Presidents.


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In his suit filed last week at the U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania, Harris claims that he sent 10 copies of his book to The Oprah Winfrey show in 2008, and received no response, even though he followed up several times. In February 2009, Winfrey allegedly read exact questions from his book, without giving him the credit.

Harris is suing on the basis of copyright infringement, which “caused and will continue to cause Plaintiffs to suffer substantial injury, loss and damage to its property and exclusive rights … and further has damaged Plaintiffs’ business reputation and goodwill, diverted its trade and caused a loss of profits all in an amount not yet ascertained.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Harris requests compensation in the form of Winfrey’s profits or maximum statutory damages of up to $150,000 per unlawful use.

It was recently announced that Barbara Walters will be interviewing Winfrey in an upcoming hour-long special, where this case might come up.

Ouch, another lawsuit for Winfrey. What do you all think of this case? Real or money-grab?

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