March 13th, 2008

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Warner Brothers and J.K. Rowling vs. RDR Books re: Publication of the HP Lexicon

So in case you've missed it, Warner Brothers and J.K. Rowling sued RDR Books because RDR was planning to publish an encyclopedia based on the content of the online site run by Steve Vander Ark, the Harry Potter Lexicon. SVA isn't a named party, even though he is basically the impetus for this lawsuit - he's a BNF who created the site. JKR, at one point, awarded him a commendation for the website being so comprehensive (something she has given to other fan sites as well). SVA apparently took this to be a Mark of Approval for Anything He Wants to Do, which is what caused this lawsuit. The site essentially takes stuff from the HP books/movies/world and compiles it in various ways for easy reference (i.e. lists of spells, Quidditch rules, info on magical beasts, etc.). SVA now feels that he has the right to take this compliation of information, provided on a free fansite, and use it to make a profit by publishing a print version of the Lexicon. WB and JKR are trying to protect their copyrights and trademarks, and JKR also has some arguments re: right to privacy, etc. RDR is arguing fair use.

The filings for the case are public and have been posted at cleolinda has been following the case since its inception and has been keeping us all up to date with it via Fandom_Wank (oldest news is at the bottom, so scroll down to start from the beginning and move towards the latest news).

RDR just filed their Answer to WB/JKR's Amended Complaint, and cleolinda asked me to take a look at it to see if there was anything interesting going on there. For ease of reading, here's an organized account of my comments and her replies that were originally posted in the comments to one of her LJ entries (this is much easier to read):

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So there it is, the quick-and-dirty info on the complaint and answer in the HP Lexicon case. Hope I haven't confused people too much! (Other lawyers, feel free to weigh in. rivian, I may be looking at you, here. ;) )
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Quick news on some of my fandoms

Terry Pratchett donates $1 million to Alzheimer's research.

Go Terry! I hope it helps!!

Matt Good, on tour in the US, is very sick.

Nooo. For Matt to cancel a show, it HAS to be bad. I just hope he feels better soon, AND (selfishly) that this doesn't affect the later parts of the tour, like, say, the show at IOTA that I am going to.

Run, Fatboy, Run, starring Simon Pegg, with DYLAN MORAN, opens in the U.S. on March 28.


Oh, and don't forget my previously posted, probably way too long, discussion of the HP Lexicon suit.