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Author Sues Chelsea Clinton - Claims She Ripped Him Off In New, Bestselling Book

A writer has filed a lawsuit against Chelsea Clinton for copyright infringement because he says the former President and Secretary of State's daughter stole his idea. The book, 'She Persisted', is a feminist children's picture book. According to the writer, Clinton stole three quotes from a book he wrote in 2013 and didn't credit him.

Christopher Kimberley, a 56-year-old author, finished the three-volume children's picture book in 2013, entitled, "A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys And Girls Smart." After he'd written the book, he sent a proposal to Penguin Random House publishing company on Facebook, but he claims they never got back to him. He ended up releasing the book for free for educational purposes.

Clinton's book, 'She Persisted', went on sale earlier this year, published by Penguin Young Readers US. Kimberly believes that the publisher read his proposal, and gave the 37-year-old mom the idea to write the book.

Kimberly's book features the stories of 15 historical figures in a section called 'Quotable Questionnaire'. Clinton's book consists of quotes from 13 notable female historical figures. Three of the women quoted in Clinton's book - Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Nellie Bly - were also quoted in Kimberly's book. Clinton featured the same famous quotes Kimberly did.

"Persistence has changed the course of history - I'm so excited to share stories of girls & women who didn't take no for answer on May 30th!" Clinton tweeted in anticipation of her book's release.

Kimberly filed a $150,000 lawsuit against Clinton and Penguin, claiming 'She Persisted' was an 'unauthorized reproduction' of parts of his book. “The appearance of impropriety is striking."

“I did months of painstaking research on my book. Her version looks like a ninth-grade homework assignment,” Kimberley told the New York Post. “I am in disbelief.”

Copyright laws are meant to protect the intellectual property of an author. According to copyright.gov, “Under the copyright law, the creator of the original expression in a work is its author. The author is also the owner of copyright unless there is a written agreement by which the author assigns the copyright to another person or entity, such as a publisher.”

The problem with Kimberly’s claim is that the three quotes he uses are not his intellectual property; they’re actually famous quotes that anyone could have found. Clinton and Kimberly both used famous quotes that anyone writing a book could have found and included.

The disgruntled writer might be expressing frustration over the way the publishing industry, not to mention nepotism, works. While Kimberly had a hard time getting his book published and sold, the Clinton name brought a lot of attention to ‘She Persisted’. Celebrities often find it a lot easier to get their books published, be it a memoir or a children’s book, simply because publishing companies know the name will sell. The book is the number one selling children’s book on Amazon.com and made the New York Times best-selling list for five weeks after it was released.

Source: Daily Mail
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