Cassandra Clare sued for copyright infringement
US fantasy author Sherrilyn Kenyon is suing Cassandra Clare, author of the ‘Mortal Instruments’ and ‘Shadowhunters’ series (Walker Books), for alleged copyright infringement, reports the Guardian. In a lawsuit filed on 5 February, Kenyon alleges that Clare ‘knowingly and wilfully copied’ Kenyon’s ‘Dark-Hunter’ series (Piatkus Books). ‘Both the Dark-Hunter series and the Shadowhunter series are about an elite band of warriors that must protect the human world from the unseen paranormal threat that seeks to destroy humans as they go about their daily lives,’ says the lawsuit, which details a number of similarities between the two series. Kenyon also said that Clare ‘has persisted over time in expanding her use of the term “shadowhunters” from a mere description of her protagonists, first to a tag line on the cover of her works and eventually to a complete rebranding of her works so as to be confusingly similar to the Dark-Hunter Series’. The ‘Dark-Hunter’ series was first published in 1998, while Clare’s ‘Mortal Instruments’ series debuted in 2007.