Oprah Hit With Plagiarism Lawsuit

Oct 28, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The man who wrote the political guide "How America Elects Her Presidents" is suing Oprah Winfrey for allegedly using his material without attribution, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Charles Harris filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Pennsylvania claiming that he sent "The Oprah Winfrey Show" 10 copies of his publication–a booklet–in 2008 with hopes of getting some publicity. After hearing nothing from the producers of the show, Harris says he was surprised when information from his guide was then used on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on Feb. 16, 2009.

Harris alleges that Winfrey read aloud exact questions that were included in the book, but no attribution was ever given to Harris or the book. Harris is seeking damages, either Winfrey’s profits or maximum statutory damages of up to $150,000 per unlawful use.

No comment yet from the "Oprah" camp.


  1. I doubt anyone of Oprah’s stature would accept unsolicited materials from anyone. Such items are typically returned unopened or destroyed, because merely looking at them can open someone up to lawsuits. HIs claim has no merit unless he can prove that his submission was even opened. It’s too easy to sue celebrities if they look at unsolicited materials or if they deal directly with the public.

  2. Doug….you might want to do some due diligence on Oprah. She is far from the upright, respectable entertainer you seem to think she is. Research before you comment.

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