In yet another law-suit, Naomi Ragen is being sued for copyright infringement for basing part of one of her novels on someone else’s book. This time, a 78 year old American, Cynthia Rosengarten, a Babov Hassid living in Bnei claims that Ragen’s book, The Sacrifice of Tamar (1994) is based on her novel – based on her son’s arranged marriage, that was published in 1991, and is suing the author and the Keter Publishing House for 2.5 Million Shequels.
This law-suit is similar to and inspired by the suits brought by Michal Tal and Sarah Shapiro against Ragen who make similar charges. See
We wonder isn’t there some statute of limitations? Presumably the plaintiff could have sued 15 years ago. Why wait?
I have read Ragen’s books, but not those of the other authors. I therefore cannot offer an opinion on the degree of similarity. I think that most novels owe something to the genre and that there are always similarities.
In 1592, Shakespeare, Greene asserted was an “upstart crow, beautified with our feathers, that, with his Tygers heart wrapt in a Players hide”
“Copy from one, it’s plagiarism; copy from two, it’s research”, Wilson Mizner
“Originality is undetected plagiarism” William Ralph Inge
Anyway, our friend Adv. Gilad Corinaldi is prosecuting the case. we wait to watch developments.