Author Cassandra Clare sued for copyright infringement over Shadowhunters series

It's hunters vs hunters

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Super popular YA author Cassandra Clare probably isn't having the best day right now, as it's been reported that she's being sued for copyright infringement over her famous fiction series, Shadowhunters.

Another writer Sherrilyn Kenyon is the one who's taken the legal move against Cassie, accusing her of "trademark infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition, false advertising and trade dress infringement".

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Oh right, is that all? Gulp.

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Sherrilyn Kenon is seeking compensatory damage for lost profits, which she claims is all down to the similarities between Cassandra's Shadowhunters series, and her own Dark Hunters series. Yup, it's hunters versus hunters.

The lawsuit alleges that Cassie copied parts of the Dark Hunter series published in 1998 for her own Shadowhunters series.

According to the official outlines: "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.

"These hunters, whether 'dark' or 'shadow,' preserve the balance between good and evil, protecting humans from being consumed or enslaved."

Sherrilyn is also NOT happy about the term 'shadowhunter', as she already owns trademark rights to the terms 'Dark-Hunter', 'Dream-Hunter' and 'Were-Hunter'.

The lawsuit reckons that Cassandra originally used the term 'darkhunter' in her own work, but then replaced it with 'shadowhunters', as well as removing any reference to 'hunters' from the title when it was published as The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones.

As further evidence, it's also claimed that the two series were so similar that Cassie's own publishers mistakenly printed 1000,000 copies of a Shadowhunter book with a Dark-Hunter mark on the cover. Awkies.

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Well this isn't ideal for Casssandra, eep. Let us know what you think about all of this with a tweet to @Sugarscape.

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