Nate the Great Author, Illustrator Counter-Sue Cosmic Debris

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Marc Simont — author and illustrator of childrens’ classic Nate the Great — have counter-sued Cosmic Debris Etc.

Cosmic Debris previously sued Ms. Sharmat and Mr. Simont in an apparent attempt to get away with plagiarism. Cosmic Debris’ character Emily the Strange — used to sell skateboards, stickers, clothing and other items — has been used for years in spite having been copied from Rosamond of the Nate the Great books.

The counter suit implicates Cosmic Debris Etc., Chronicle Books and Dark Horse Entertainment in the theft of Rosamond’s look, mannerisms and written descriptions. The plaintiffs seek a declaration that their copyright has been infringed and unspecified damages.

It is unclear whether Chronicle Books and Dark Horse Entertainment were aware of the intellectual property issues surrounding Emily the Strange. Rob Reger of Cosmic Debris has admitted knowing exactly what he was doing.

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