Plagiarism: Oprah sued

2010-10-30 00:00

NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey is being sued by the author of a political booklet How America Elects Her Presidents .

Charles Harris claims in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in the United States District Court in Pennsylvania that in 2008, as Winfrey began supporting Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, he sent 10 copies of his booklet to The Oprah Winfrey Show in hopes of gaining publicity.

He followed up with several inquiries.

Harris got no response, but according to the complaint, on the February 16, 2009, show, Winfrey allegedly read aloud exact questions that were included in the book.

Harris claims the readings were plagiarised and constitute copyright infringement.

Harris is seeking Winfrey’s profits or maximum statutory damages of up to $150 000 (R1,05 million) per unlawful use. Representatives for The Oprah Winfrey Show weren’t available for comment.

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