July 14, 2017

An angry dude is suing Chelsea Clinton for copyright infringement


According to reports by Kaja Whitehouse and Natalie O’Neill of the New York Post and Kaileen Gaul of the Daily Mail, a man from Albany, NY is suing former first daughter Chelsea Clinton and her publisher, Penguin Random House, for copyright infringement. The plaintiff, Christopher Janes Kimberly, alleges that She Persisted, the children’s book Clinton published in May, “ripped off” his own book, written in 2013 and titled A Heart is the Part That Makes Boys and Girls Smart (let’s call it “AHITPTMBAGS,” for short). Kimberly claims that “the appearance of impropriety is striking,” and that She Persisted is an “unauthorized reproduction” of his work.

Speaking to Whitehouse and O’Neill, Kimberly elaborates: “I did months of painstaking research on my book. Her version looks like a ninth-grade homework assignment… I am in disbelief.”

As are we, Mr. Kimberly. As are we.

From the Daily Mail:

Kimberley [sic] said he sent off his book proposal via Facebook to Penguin Random House but he never heard back.

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.

The Daily Mail also includes portions of the manuscript for AHITPTMBAGS, which maybe are supposed to show the parts Kimberly thinks Clinton plagarized. These extracts are  (1) a list of famous people—some of whom are women—and (2) a list of quotes attributed to these people. Kimberly calls it a “quotable questionnaire.”

So, a couple of things: what kind of person submits a book proposal through a corporate Facebook account, and then assumes that the president of that company will receive and read that proposal? A total lunatic, that’s who.

And what kind of person thinks that by listing in no apparent order the widely shared words of a handful of famous women they can prevent another person (in this case, a famous woman herself) from writing about those same, famous women?

A dude, of course. A very dudely dude.

Simon Reichley is the Director of Operations and Rights Manager at Melville House.