NEW YORK — Bestselling novelist Nora Roberts is suing a Brazilian writer for copyright infringement, alleging that Cristiane Serruya has committed “multi-plagiarism.”
In papers filed Wednesday morning in Rio de Janeiro, Roberts alleged that Serruya’s books showed an extraordinary level of verbatim lifting and close paraphrasing. Roberts told The Associated Press she would donate any damages from the suit to a non-profit literacy program in Brazil.
Serruya has faced similar allegations from several other writers and even inspired the Twitter hashtag #CopyPasteCris. She has denied any intentional wrongdoing, blaming similarities in her books on ghost writers and the pressure to produce books quickly.
Hillel Italie, The Associated Press