A Dutch appeals court has blocked the publication of the Dutch translation of a Russian children's book, saying the story was stolen from the popular Harry Potter books.
The decision by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal reaffirms an earlier ruling by a lower court that the stories by Russian author Dmitry Yemets about a magical girl named Tanja Grotter too closely resemble JK Rowling's best-selling character.
In their ruling, Dutch judges rejected the argument from Byblos publishers in Amsterdam that the Russian work is a parody on the Potter series.
The similarities between the two books, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and Tanja Grotter and the Magic Bass, are unmistakable.
Byblos owner Boudewijn Richel who acknowledged that the Harry Potter story line had influenced the Russian stories, said he was surprised by the decision.
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