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14 Things You Didn’t Know About the Original ‘Roots’ Miniseries

2. He paid a court settlement because of it

Upon being hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit in 1978, Alex paid a $650,000 settlement fee out of court. A witness during the trial said: “The evidence of copying from The African in both the novel and the television dramatization of Roots is clear and irrefutable. The copying is significant and extensive.”

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