Monday, June 04, 2007


Just read an article in this week's Maclean's, entitled "Is that my baby on the screen?" Rebecca Eckler claims that Judd Apatow plagiarized her novel, Knocked Up, for his movie. The article is an interesting perspective on the power and money that come along with working in Hollywood, and a look into the difficulties of proving copy-right infringement (which I know a little about from the hubby's studies, but not enough). As the author states, how can she prove that the experiences of pregnancy that she writes about aren't such universal experiences that they belong in the public domain? It will be interesting to see if anything comes of her lawsuit: will she be successful, or will it be a story of a poor Canadian author being crushed by the Hollywood movie machine? I'm not sure yet that Apatow is the bad guy, though. I'll have to read Eckler's book and see if there actually are enough similarities for her to have a decent case.

Update: Article from The Star about the issue- "Columnist Eckler sues makers of Knocked Up"