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Author Slaps Federal Lawsuit On Chelsea Clinton, Publisher Over Bestselling Children's Book

Chelsea Clinton has a hit on her hands in the form of her children’s book, ‘She Persisted,’ which has been among the bestselling children’s picture books for the past several weeks. The book includes some inspirational quotes and stories from famous women, but another author is crying foul over Clinton’s literary foray. As the Daily Mail shares, Christopher Janes Kimberley, 56, has accused Clinton of 'ripping off' his idea.

This doesn’t appear to be mere sour grapes from a disgruntled writer, as Kimberley has taken the step of filing a federal lawsuit against Clinton and Penguin Random House. Kimberley is alleging copyright infringement, and it sounds like there are some curious coincidences between Clinton’s book and a series of books that he previously composed.

“Kimberley's book contains 15 quotes and stories from historical figures such as Helen Keller, Harriet Tubman and Nellie Bly in its 'Quotable Questionnaire' section. Clinton's book features 13 stories and quotes including those three women. Kimberley said he sent off his book proposal via Facebook to Penguin Random House but he never heard back,” the Mail reports. “He accuses the president of Penguin Young Readers US, Jennifer Loja, of receiving the submission, reading it, taking his idea and giving it to Clinton. Kimberley alleges Clinton's book willfully infringed upon his work by including quotes and stories from the women in featured in his.”

That’s a pretty serious charge, and it would amount to a monumental black eye for Clinton if proven to be true.

“Earlier this year, he learned about Clinton's book. Kimberley said he immediately noticed similarities, specifically from his 'Quotable Questionnaire' section. Kimberley fired off a cease and desist to Clinton and the publisher in April before it hit bookstores,” the Mail continues. “Nevertheless, she continued to promote the book by going on morning shows like The Today Show and The View.”

Kimberley filed the suit in New York, and he’s reportedly seeking $150,000 in damages plus any profits from the book. No comment has been forthcoming from Clinton or Penguin Random House as of yet, but we would assume any commentary would be reserved for attorneys attached to the case at this point.

We’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out. Copyright infringement is nothing to be taken lightly, and those found to be in violation can walk away with an extremely sullied reputation. You would think that would be more than enough to discourage people from engaging in such practices, but it remains a very real problem.

Of course, there are plenty of charges such as these that are leveled and then proven to be baseless. We have no way of knowing which way the wind will blow on this one, but we should get some answers as the matter plays out in court - if it gets that far. We’ll assume that it will, as any kind of settlement out of court will give the appearance that Kimberley is right on the money with his charges, regardless of how attorneys want to spin any settlements that may arise.

Source: Daily Mail
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