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HP Lexicon (this is the case that never eeeends...) - Walking on the Edge
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HP Lexicon (this is the case that never eeeends...)
This article from CNN by "a legal analyst on 'American Morning'" is new and discusses the law and views from different lawyers (like Tim Wu who has been mentioned in other articles and over at TLC). It's well written.

Personally, I don't agree with the particular statement of Tim Wu as quoted (I think he doesn't have enough familiarity with the text of the Lexicon - otherwise I don't know how he could call SVA an "author.") But anyway.

cleolinda just posted a link to full transcripts of the trial over at Fandom_Wank.

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In other things, FINALLY DONE with 7 page first draft memo on revisions to the CFR, with 3 appendices. WHEE. Now, I get to...oh. Catch up on 2-3 weeks worth of orders and decisions that didn't get written while I was working on the rules. I'm actually ok with that, though - I'm looking forward to going back to decision-writing.

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Oh, and by the way - apparently Harlan Ellison, Neil Gaiman and I use the same technique for shaving. Except of course that I use conditioner to shave my legs, and they use it for shaving their beards. HEE. (I posted about this on LJ one time, like, 4 years ago, but I can't find the entry now to link it. Meh.)

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particle_person From: particle_person Date: April 22nd, 2008 06:51 pm (UTC) (current file)
Did you notice that wank on F_W about the lack of wank? The meta, it hurts me.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 22nd, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC) (current file)
OMG I just read that whole ridiculous thread. Now my head hurts. Eeee!

This trial is so full of wank that even the regular news articles on it end up with wank in the comments. Heh.

Edited at 2008-04-22 07:51 pm (UTC)
fics_by_fumph From: fics_by_fumph Date: April 22nd, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC) (current file)
You use conditioner to shave your legs too? I thought I was the only one!

I have NO understanding of any of the legal aspects of the JKR vs.SVA case, but I think that Jo is right to fight against the book's publication.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 22nd, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC) (current file)
Heh, I do! It seems like not that many people know this trick. The last time I posted about it I had at least 2-3 commenters say, "OMG I never thought of that! Brilliant!"

It makes your skin feel smoother as well as making the shaving easier. I haven't bought shaving gel in years.

I keep intending to do another post on the legal issues (like I've been doing for the Orphan Works thing), but honestly I don't have the time right now. Maybe I'll do that in the next couple of weeks, or do a summary/explanation of the decision when it comes down.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 22nd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC) (current file)
P.S. I notice you're new here. (Hi!) I'm always curious about how newcomers end up here, so feel free to share how you found my journal if you'd like. :)
fics_by_fumph From: fics_by_fumph Date: April 22nd, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC) (current file)
Actually, it's a bit embarassing - I just posted to my HP fic journal, and forgot to switch to my 'regular' account, emmacmf.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 22nd, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC) (current file)
Oh, it's you! Hee, don't worry. I've done the same kind of thing before. :)
emmacmf From: emmacmf Date: April 22nd, 2008 08:53 pm (UTC) (current file)
Yep, it's meeeeeeeeee!

The perils of having two different journals.
kahlan_amnell From: kahlan_amnell Date: April 22nd, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC) (current file)
On the subject of shaving: someone on the LJ feed of that entry asked if the same technique worked for legs, good to know it does.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 22nd, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC) (current file)
It totally does, and from what I recall from my visits to the store, a bottle of conditioner and a bottle of shave gel are often comparable in price.
kahlan_amnell From: kahlan_amnell Date: April 22nd, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC) (current file)
I've been shaving my legs without shave gel for a while, my skin can usually tolerate it. But conditioner would be a good idea, and I already have it. Sometimes I do use body wash in place of shave gel.
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 23rd, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC) (current file)
My skin is fairly sensitive, which is why I love the conditioner trick so much. :) I've shaved without before, but...ouch! It's not a good method for me.
From: (Anonymous) Date: April 23rd, 2008 04:24 am (UTC) (current file)
I wouldn't assume Tim Wu isn't familiar with the text of the Lexicon- case law thus far hasn't supported the author's complete control of his or her works, for good reason. That's why we legally have unauthorized guides published in the U.S.

As for how I found this blog, it was tracked back from CNN's Web site. ^^
foresthouse From: foresthouse Date: April 23rd, 2008 05:23 am (UTC) (current file)
Well, I could be wrong about Tim Wu's familiarity with it - I just find it hard to conceive of SVA as an "author in his own right" if the original content of the Lexicon is as miniscule as it appears (along with the charts presented by the plaintiffs, I have glanced over the exhibit of the Lexicon some, although I haven't read the whole thing). Also I'm not sure how much respect he deserves for trying to cash in on JKR's success, but that doesn't really have to do with the law. :) Unless Tim Wu is using "respect" as in recognition that SVA has rights to "create" the Lexicon, which I suspect *is* actually how he's using it. Certainly creators of derivative works may deserve respect - I just think that the degree of originality at issue here is too small for that.

I certainly wouldn't say that case law supports complete control - there are clear limitations.

Thanks for letting me know. :)
sapphires13 From: sapphires13 Date: April 24th, 2008 06:18 am (UTC) (current file)
omg! I'm gonna try conditioner next time I shave my legs. Thanks =)
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