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Open Road Responds To HarperCollins lawsuit

Digital publisher Open Road filed an answer to HarperCollins’ complaint against the digital publisher surrounding the rights to the eBook edition of Julie of the Wolves.

HarperCollins is suing Open Road claiming that a 1971 contract with author Jean Craighead George gives them the rights to the eBook.

Open Road released the following statement: ” We are confident that we have secured all necessary eBook rights from the author Jean Craighead George and that we will prevail.  HarperCollins’ claim is nothing but an attempt to seize rights that were never granted to it and to change the existing law with respect to eBook rights.  Since the rights in question arise from the 1971 contract between Jean Craighead George and HarperCollins, Ms. George has asked to intervene in the action as a Defendant. We are confident that we and Ms. George will succeed in this action.”

Jean Craighead George added: “I have asked to intervene in this action to protect my rights under copyright and under my original contract with HarperCollins. When I signed that contract in 1971, eBooks did not exist so I could not have granted those rights. I am with Open Road all the way.”

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