Stephenie Meyer Vindicated: Lawsuit Dismissed!

A few months back we covered the story of Jordan Scott (aspiring singer,songwriter, screen writer, model, novelist, actress) who claimed that Stephenie Meyer plagiarized Breaking Dawn from Jordan Scott’s novel The Nocturne.  We posted a case by case analysis as to how (aside from the obvious fact that the texts bore little resemblance to each other) that this was impossible based on copyright dates and other factors.

This was the second story regarding plagiarism in 2009. The first story about Stephenie plagiarizing a college roommate’s story was an Internet hoax completely without merit.

Well it looks like a judge agrees as to what we thought all along about Jordan Scott’s claim. Hachette Books, the parent company of Little Brown that publishes the Twilight Saga novels, released this statement:

“The Honorable Otis D. Wright II of the United States District Court has ruled in favor of Stephenie Meyer and Hachette Book Group and has dismissed with prejudice Jordan Scott’s claim of copyright infringement.

In his ruling, Judge Wright stated that the two works have little in common and that the “characters in the two works are vastly different.” The decision admonishes Scott for “the deceptive presentation of the alleged similarities” and notes that she “has twice manipulated aspects of the subject works in order to create the appearance of similarity.”

While an attempt to ride on someone else’s success may not be surprising, it is encouraging that the courts and the public are not so easily misled.

This judgment confirms what we have known all along – Breaking Dawn is a wholly original work by Stephenie Meyer and this was a frivolous lawsuit brought for the purposes of publicizing the plaintiff’s personal publishing aspirations.  Hachette Book Group and Stephenie Meyer are pleased to be able to put this case behind us.”

Comments

  1. Ugh nothing could be better than Twilight, shes just a jelous selfish liar i read that other book they are not alike

  2. Breaking Dawn is my fav of the four books. I think SM did a great job of closing the seriers while leaving an opportunity for a whole new saga. How flipping awesome would it be to have a Nessie series????

    I have never watched VD and have no interest, I do like true blood but it’s not written nearly as captivating as Twilight.

    Congrats Steph

  3. Chernaudi says:

    Well, what can I say? Ms. Scott’s lawsuit was basically like so many out there today-a get rich quick scheme. Someone recently tried to fleece me out of $500, but I smelled the possible manure pille and respectfully said no. So I know what it’s like.

    It all goes back to a certian Pink Floyd song that was written by Roger Waters that was released in 1973, it’s one of PF’s most well known songs, it was written mostly in 7/4 time signature, and refered to a “root of all evil”…Oh, it was called Money!

  4. Nothing will stop the Twilight Saga…..at least not if I have anything to do with it.

  5. The idea that Stephenie Meyer did not create this story and its characters is preposterous. I don’t even need all the documentation to see it, either. Just watch her interviews. I don’t know how to say it any clearly — she loves each of these characters in a way that only their birth mother could. She loves them more than all of us put together!!! A plagiarist just couldn’t fake being so involved with their “creations,” as Stephanie is.

    As for the undeserved publicity this young lady has generated for her little books — none of you need worry that my friends or family will be tempted to financially support this madness through the purchase of “Nocturne” books. Have a read on google books, though — it’s RIDICULOUS how dissimilar it is from Stephenie’s.

  6. I am glad this was settled to Stephenie’s advantage. This reminded me of the suit that was filed against J.K. Rowling, and she was vindicated as well. A author becomes a publishing sensation, and suddenly everyone wants to be a part of it, so they try to say the author (in this case Stephenie) plagarized someone else’s idea. I am glad that she was vindicated, but I didn’t have any doubt she would.

  7. i swear these people cannot give her a break im sorry she made one of the best sagas known to man stop discriminating her because of jealousy and wanted your name publicized everywhere. I have never found any books that have caught my interest like twilight let alone having me read them a million times because i cant find any other book better:)

  8. I knew Stephenie would win from the beginning. I mean, please, who could possibly believe that Jordon Scott? I’m really glad that this case has been dismissed. The thought of trying to steal someone’s well deserved success is so disgusting to me. Someone has to tell Ms. Jordon Scott to get a life.

  9. So happy for Stephanie, these wrongfully accusations were so misleading and such a shame! Congrats Stephanie, Breaking Dawn is one of a kind loved by Millions!!

  10. I love Breaking Dawn, read it several times and cried (each time) a lot over Bella’s suffering during her pregnancy. Can’t wait to see it in the movies…

  11. Ha ha! I knew it after reading the supposed “similar sections of text” Maybe we’ll finally get word of the Breaking Dawn movie now that this is over with.

  12. Just another person trying to ride on Stephenie’s coattails. Posers sucks, especially the ones that try and mess with TWILIGHT!! May they all be left in the gutter by the Volturi!

  13. i KNOW STEPHANIE MEYER WOULDN’T DO THAT I LOVE THE TWILIGHT SAGA ESPECIALLY THE LAST ONE IS MY FAVORITE BOOK AND PLUS THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HATING ON HER THAT SHE COPIED OTHER VAMPIRE BOOK SHOULD JUST LEAVE THIS IS A FANSITE FOR TWILIGHT PEOPLE NOT JERKS SO JUST GET OUT CAUSE IT OVIOUSLY SEEMS LIKE YOU DO CARE

  14. I’d never read her books because of this. I am sure others are the same. So by doing this she just hurt her self.

    On that note I have never even heard of her or her books until this lawsuit. and have not seen them in any local book stores.

  15. i personally loved “breaking dawn” and cannot wait to see the film adaptation of it. “twilight” was my number 1 favorite and then “eclipse”. i thought “breaking dawn” was fun, suspenseful and interesting. not sure why one would think it was terrible:)

  16. Vindicated, really? I think that’s a bit much.

    I think everyone, Twilight-haters included, suspected this lawsuit would fail.

  17. seriously? did anyone actually read that authors book who claimed that Stephanie Meyer copied her thing for breaking dawn.

    that mudblood author is just doing this for attention!

  18. Hi personally Breaking Dawn was my favourite book of all!! there is soooo much happening in it and i have no clue how there going to make it into a movie :(

  19. i love stephenie and her books but i believe that she did plagerize b/c the book Vampire Diaries came out in 1990 ans those books and twilight are almost exaclty the same. Coincidence i think not.

  20. i love stephenie and the twilight books. team edward all the way. but i do believe that she plagerized. The books Vampire diaries came out in 1990 and there are many similarites in both books. Coincidence i think not.

  21. I wonder who else will try to sue SM and jump on the publicity band wagon.

  22. I knew that Jordan Scott wouldn’t possibly win that case against Stephenie. *And*, she’s stupid for even thinking that she could get away with it. She just wanted her 15 minutes of fame and was jealous because Breaking Dawn and all the Twilight Saga merchandise/books/movies brought in so much money.

  23. congrats Steph. I love the twilight saga!!! I have read it many, many times. And have seen New Moon twice now. But I have to say that Breaking Dawn was my favorite book of all. I loved all 4 books and I think Breaking Dawn was a prefect ending to the wonderful story. I think some of these people who don’t like it should re-read it! That or they are not true fans of the story!

  24. i love breaking dawn cause everything have fallen into it’s right places…

    i love it…

  25. there is always some creeps , trying to steal someone’s hard work, or fame

  26. there is always some creep trying to steal someone’s hard work. S. Meyers is a great author

  27. hey

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