Benjamin DuBay vs Stephen King: Jim Warren's Deposition
In short DuBay, the nephew of comic book creator Bill DuBay, is claiming that King, the legendary author of all things horror, stole the concept for the hugely popular series (and a rather poor film) The Dark Tower from Bill DuBays Warren series The Rook. Naturally King denies this, as you'd expect him to. There's an obscene amount of money involved with this, as you'd expect, as King's work is probably more profitable than anyone out there.
The case has been quietly motoring along the usual grounds, but depositions released show the full extent of the back story of how Warren worked as a publisher, and how The Rook came into being. That's always a good thing for historians, but what really separates this case from most other copyright cases are accusations of forgery, witness tampering, theft and outright lying, both back in the day and now.
If Warren did not sign this agreement, then who did? And why was such a document drawn up two years after Warren Publishing had gone bankrupt and sold off their assets at auction? Is it true, as Warren says, that the letterhead used in this document was not used post 1980? There's a lot of questions that still remain unanswered so far.
Make no mistake, this case is well worth reading. Naturally, to save everyone the time, I've gotten hold of the more interesting documents and I'll be posting them here over the coming weeks. Expect to see, and hear, a lot more about this case as it continues to unfold.
In the meantime, may I present to you, Mr James Warren as you've never seen him before. Under oath. It's a lot to read, but it is well worth it.