Best-selling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has dedicated”multi-plagiarism” to a”infrequent and scandalous” level.
In papers filed Wednesday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro, where Serruya resides, Roberts predicted Serruya’s romance novels”a literary patchwork, piecing together phrases whose kind depicts emotions practically identical to those expressed from the prosecution of novels.” Citing Brazilian legislation, Roberts is asking at 3,000 times the maximum sale price for any Serruya work’s worth mentioned in the litigation for damages.
“If you choose my job, you will cover it and I’ll do my very best to see you don’t write again.”
The author not received an Associated Press reporter who travelled to the building where Serruya resides in Rio de Janeiro. Messages sent by email and Facebook message weren’t immediately returned.
Serruya’s novels, all apparently self-published, include the collection”Shades of Trust,””Colors of Love” and”More.” The court documents cite six Serruya novels for such as improved passages:”Royal Love,””Royal Affair,””Unbroken Love,””Hot Winter,””Forever More” and”In the Baroness’s Diary.” The lawsuit alleges Serruya duplicated passages from Roberts'”Unfinished Business,””River Ends” and”Whiskey Beach,” and contains examples of similarities between their books. Roberts’ suit alleges that passages have been replicated by Serruya from dozens of authors too.
Talking to the AP, Roberts also criticized Amazon.com for not being more vigilant regarding the publications sold on its own website. Roberts and authors have complained that Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited e-book subscription application, for which royalties are based on the number of pages are read the first time they are read by that the client is a bonus for authors.
“Amazon did not find any of this,” Roberts said of Serruya’s novels, noting that she had been tipped off by viewers and fellow authors. “That strikes me as a problem.”
In a recent announcement to the AP, Amazon said that it requires”violations of laws and proprietary rights very seriously.”
“We utilize a combination of groups of investigators and automated technologies to prevent and catch the huge majority of poor actors that try to violate our policies before they release,” the statement reads. “In the rare case where one gets through, we explore and eliminate violating books. Furthermore, all Kindle merchandise pages have a link for anybody to flag suspicious names and the group investigates all names that are “
Serruya has faced allegations from a lot of different authors and even motivated the Twitter hashtag #CopyPasteCris. Serruya appeared on her Twitter accounts, also called allegations she’d plagiarized”distressing.” She has since left Twitter, and the Romance Writers of America has pulled”Royal Love” out of thought for the RITA award for best fiction.
Allegations that Serruya reproduced from Roberts arose around exactly the exact same time. In correspondence shared by Roberts using the AP, Serruya emailed Roberts’ publicist, Laura Reeth, insisting she’d”never blatantly plagiarize anyone” and attributing part of the issue on ghost writers.
“I had been fooled by a few’mentors’ and’coachers’ who informed me ‘More, more, more, rapid, fast, fast.'”
Within an email back to Serruya, Roberts demanded that she”instantly, unambiguously, acknowledge — without explanations” her”unauthorized shooting” and”instantly and permanently remove” every publication . Roberts told the AP she decided to sue following Serruya failed to react.
Roberts is one of the planet’s most popular and prolific authors, with countless millions of copies sold. She was originally known for romance books, but also writes mainstream fiction and publishes crime books under the penname J.D. Robb. On her blog, Serruya has been repeatedly attacked by Roberts and strongly hinted that she’d sue.
“She is a blood leech sucking the entire body of the writing career,” Roberts wrote . “Arranging to get a truckload of salt to kickstart with her has been taking up a lot of my time, energies, sanity. Hopefully, after that is in put the frustrating and infuriating distraction of her will vanish, at the very least a bit.”
On her web site (https://www.crisserruya.com), Serruya is described as a late bloomer, having been employed as a lawyer for at least 20 years before she”decided to give writing a go.”
“And — amazingly — it was only the piece that was missing from the puzzle of her life,” her biography reads. “Now she’s hooked, so she can not free herself — and doesn’t need to be freed.”
Roberts has obtained actions before. In 1997, she sued the most favorite romance writer Janet Dailey. Dailey, stating she under”enormous anxiety” due to her husband’s health issues, confessed that her novels”Aspen Gold” and”Notorious” comprised ideas and passages from Roberts’ books. The case was settled out of court and Roberts donated the compensation granted to Literacy Volunteers of America, now ProLiteracy.
This report was contributed to by marcelo Silva de Sousa at Rio de Janeiro.