JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial: Statements Regarding Ruling

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Sep 08, 2008

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Since the opinion earlier today in which Judge Patterson ruled in favor of J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers, the following statements have been issued.

From J.K. Rowling:

“I took no pleasure at all in bringing legal action and am delighted that this issue has been resolved favourably. I went to court to uphold the right of authors everywhere to protect their own original work. The court has upheld that right.

The proposed book took an enormous amount of my work and added virtually no original commentary of its own. Now the court has ordered that it must not be published.

Many books have been published which offer original insights into the world of Harry Potter. The Lexicon just is not one of them.”

All Leaky coverage of the trial of JKR/WB vs. RDR Books can be found here.

From Warner Brothers

“We are obviously pleased with today’s ruling by Judge Patterson supporting the position that the proposed lexicon book infringes on Ms. Rowling’s rights. As a content company, it is imperative that we work vigorously on all fronts to protect the intellectual property rights of those who create the stories and characters, words, pictures and music that entertain and benefit the worldwide audience.”

Finally, CNNMoney has the response from RDR Books:

“We are encouraged by the fact the court recognized that, as a general matter, authors do not have the right to stop the publication of reference guides and companion books about literary works. As for the Lexicon, we are obviously disappointed with the result and RDR is considering all of its options, including an appeal.”





111 Responses to JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial: Statements Regarding Ruling

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Well said, Jo. Congratulations.

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Well said Jo! We are with you, congratulations!

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Yay Jo!

WLYJ

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Go Jo!!! Thats awesome. I’m glad she was able to protect her work.

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Good for JO and all authors everywhere

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first? go jo!

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Go Jo!!! Thats awesome. I’m glad she was able to protect her work.

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I am SO pleased!

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glad she won

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Go Jo!!! Thats awesome. I’m glad she was able to protect her work.

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Yes! I knew it’d go the right way! Very well said, Jo. The real fans are behind you.

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I am glad the court ruled in JKR’s favor, and that the court and JKR both have no problem with Harry books that aid in reading as long as the books add new content and orginal content and not copying JKR’s work. I think she is a very modest person and that she loves her fans and Harry’s fans, but she also should not have her thoughts and hard work stolen from her. I am happy with the decision.

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Congrats, Jo!

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Jo did very well to fight and win the case to protect the author’s work.

Surely it had to be Jo, not only to fight to defend her cause but fighting in the name or other more unknown authors too who have not the money and power to defend themselves. ........Go Jo, I love you for what you are and fight…......

........... For the greater good............
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first? go jo!

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Very well said Jo!!!

The judge got this one right! This isn’t a ruling against companion books and reference books in general (which I love), it’s against a particular instance of such a book that took too much from it’s source material. All of this never would have come about if Steve had choosen to add more commentary to the book and use less of the actual wording in the books. I wonder if now he’ll go back and rework it, or if this is the end of it?

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glad she won

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Congratulations Jo!

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Congratulations, Jo! Well done!

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YAY JO! Well said!

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Go Jo!! I’m glad you got that mess sorted out (:

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Good for JO and all authors everywhere

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Thank you, Jo, for protecting the rights of artists everywhere! I’m very happy to see that the court found this encyclopedia lacking original content, offering no other insights into Rowling’s work the way that other books on the Harry Potter world have done. Congratulations! Thank you to the Leaky Cauldron for keeping fans informed during the entire case :)

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AH, finally, this is over. I’m glad it ended up favoring Jo.

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yay…Jo won!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Excellent! Finally Steve has to accept the fact that he did infringe upon JKR’s rights! And Jo is very respectful about it too.

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Very well said Jo!!!

The judge got this one right! This isn’t a ruling against companion books and reference books in general (which I love), it’s against a particular instance of such a book that took too much from it’s source material. All of this never would have come about if Steve had choosen to add more commentary to the book and use less of the actual wording in the books. I wonder if now he’ll go back and rework it, or if this is the end of it?

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Congratulations, Jo, and well said! Thank you, Leaky, for bringing us this news. It is important to every person who picks up a pencil, and writes a story. Or a poem. Or anything, that is their own. They need to feel protected from those that feel the need to “borrow”.

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Congratulations, Jo! Well done!

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Congratulations, Jo, and well said! Thank you, Leaky, for bringing us this news. It is important to every person who picks up a pencil, and writes a story. Or a poem. Or anything, that is their own. They need to feel protected from those that feel the need to “borrow”.

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Now all those people insisting that JKR was completely out-of-bounds can get started on eating their words.

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Yes -but I note the Judge’s words that works of reference based on fiction should be encouraged and not frightened away. As anotherweasley said above, if only Steve had added just a little more commentary…....

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Well said! Congratulations, Jo! =)

I’m so happy that the decision went in her favor, and that this stressful case (hopefully) finally is over. To use her own words: All was well.

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I admit I’m not pleased. I’m one of a minority here who believe that RDR were well within their fair-use rights in publishing the Lexicon, and I’m somewhat disappointed that Jo couldn’t see the distinction between a reference book (which has enormous precedent in literary criticism) and her creative canon, or, by another argument cited at various points during the trial, between a reference book and her planned “encyclopedia” of outtakes and uniquely authorial insight for charity. Her behavior and public statements during the trial were erratic, uncivil, and melodramatic: she blasted the Lexicon as “sloppy,” which is laughable given that she has praised it in the past and used it as a reference in writing her own books. In another bout of showy moodiness, she complained that the proceedings were crushing her creativity and threatened that perhaps she was so aggravated that she wouldn’t write the “encyclopedia” after all. I expected better of her, I admit, but the sting of disappointment came earlier, as this business unfolded—I’m just glad it’s over.

I can’t believe Leaky broke with the Lexicon over this, by the way. I don’t read the comments section here too often, so I’m not sure what the reaction’s been. Anyone else feel the way I do? Feel free to tell me how wrong I am-in fact, I wish I could be proven wrong. I’ve had nothing but respect for Jo until now. This was a strange and unpleasant stain on the history of fandom-let’s hope it’s business as usual now.

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Jo did very well to fight and win the case to protect the author’s work.

Surely it had to be Jo, not only to fight to defend her cause but fighting in the name or other more unknown authors too who have not the money and power to defend themselves. ........Go Jo, I love you for what you are and fight…......

........... For the greater good............
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YES!!!!!!!!

TAKE THAT STEVE!

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Great news for JKR! Glad she won!

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I am so glad!!!! YA HOO!!! It sure took them long enough! There was no way that the decision could have or should have been any different! I am just very VERY sorry that Jo has been subjected to this dreck!

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Congratulations Jo! This is such a big relief to hear this is finally settled! I admire your ability to withstand such unnecessary tedious legal suit issues, but your stand for Authors is worth fighting for.

I hope you can have some peace of mind for a change! You deserve it!

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I am so glad!!!! YA HOO!!! It sure took them long enough! There was no way that the decision could have or should have been any different! I am just very VERY sorry that Jo has been subjected to this dreck!

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I just went over to the HP Lexicon to see if Steve VDA had a reaction statement. It states site undergoing difficulties and directs you to no where. Anybody knows what is happening over there??

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Siriusly RDR, the only appeal u have is to have the Lexy-scribes to write u a new book. Duh. Else u, RDR, are the one that’s going to be ‘peeled.

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Now you know, and knowing is half the battle!

Oh, wait. Wrong Jo.

Bonus points if anyone can tell me which “Jo” that quote is attributed to! (Hint: All the “Go Jo’s!” brought it to mind.)

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Congratulations JO! I hope this legal ruling influences the rights for Authors and Creators of Original Work more protection for their hard work.

I hope you can have some peace of mind now. Glad this is over!

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Now you know, and knowing is half the battle!

Oh, wait. Wrong Jo.

Bonus points if anyone can tell me which “Jo” that quote is attributed to! (Hint: All the “Go Jo’s!” brought it to mind.)

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Well Said!!!!! FINALLY it is OVER!!!! Thank you Jo for making a stand for writer’s and artists’ everywhere! I am very VERY sorry that you had to deal with this dreck … and very grateful that she did.

YEA!!!! Those pathetic parasites did not profit from their thievery.

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I think RDR is, as usual, missing a very big point. Jo herself makes the point that she likes the other reference books out there, you know the ones with original thought. Its the ones like the Lexicon, that have no original material and blatantly plagiarize that she has a problem with.

I am so happy that JK Rowling won. Beyond ecstatic. It just makes it secure for authors everywhere to be able to protect their work!

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FINALLY!!!! Thank you Jo for making a stand for writer’s and artists’ everywhere! I am very VERY sorry that you had to deal with this dreck … and very grateful that she did.

YEA!!!! Those pathetic parasites did not profit from their thievery.

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i am so happy for her! *:)

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Can someone clarify: is there an option for Vander Ark to re-write his manuscript using less material or is the Lexicon book forever prohibited from being published?

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I think RDR is, as usual, missing a very big point. Jo herself makes the point that she likes the other reference books out there, you know the ones with original thought. Its the ones like the Lexicon, that have no original material and blatantly plagiarize that she has a problem with.

I am so happy that JK Rowling won. Beyond ecstatic. It just makes it secure for authors everywhere to be able to protect their work!

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I am so relieved by the judge’s ruling, so heartened that Jo’s brilliant work will not be stolen from her. Congratulations Jo, we love you.

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I’m pleased that her work is protected. She’s pretty generous about letting a LOT of books, fanfiction, fanart, websites… go about their business without interfering with them, so I’m suspecting she had some legitimate concerns about this one. Too bad they couldn’t have worked this out beforehand.

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Congrats to Jo! Hopefully now she’ll be able to concentrate on the scottish book now

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Congrats to Jo! Now I hope she can get back to working on the scottish book stress-free

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I am glad Jo won. I am also sad the Lexicon was shut down. I had many fun discussions with other Potterheads there. I am saddened Steve couldn’t back down and keep an open relations with Jo. We all realize without her our “potter world” would not exist.

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I’m pleased that her work is protected. She’s pretty generous about letting a LOT of books, fanfiction, fanart, websites… go about their business without interfering with them, so I’m suspecting she had some legitimate concerns about this one. Too bad they couldn’t have worked this out beforehand.

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Excellent outcome. Now if RDR will just let it go.. Not appeal… we can proceed with the magic.

Bring on ‘The Scottish Book’ Jo!

And Harry: The History Melissa!

OMT

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Finally, some good news! I love it!

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As to RDR’s statement, didn’t Jo say the same thing? companion books are okay just not exact copies of her work…

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Finally, some good news! I love it!

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Still not sure what Warner Brothers had to do with it…did he use pictures from the films or something?

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I’m very happy it’s over and very glad for JKR!

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Sounds to me like RDR plans to beat this dead horse until it’s whittled its bones into toothpicks.

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congrats Jo and well done i mean Judge, the ruling is exactly the ringt thing to be done as companion books are fine as long as they are done correctly and the lexicon wasn’t for the above mentioned reasons

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Congratulation Jo.

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@belladonna. Apparently the Lexicon has been having some difficulties lately. It had been down lately, and I was afraid that it was gone. It is back up again and Steve is working to fix the broken links. You can get to it by Googling H P Lexicon and clicking on the second entry, the first one just takes you nowhere. You can also get to it through the Lexicon entry in the Wickipedia, so I am told.

I am glad it is back up and running again. I don’t agree with how Steve did his book, but I have a lot of respect for all the work he has done on the online Lexicon and would hate to see it be taken down. I have used it many times when I needed some information for fanfics that I have written in the past. I hope the monthly Floo Network will be up and running again soon. I have missed their monthly comments and information.

I personally would rather have the online Lexicon available than a book that would be outdated by the time it was six months old because new material is always coming out about the HP universe. The online Lexicon can stay on top of it, the printed book can’t.

Congratulations on your win, Jo.

Kay (JKMcGonagall)

I am glad that the judge found in Jo’s favor

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congratulations to all of the ‘happy winners’.

in case there will be no appeal and the lexicon project be obsolete – then why should somebody care to keep the infringing lexicon on-line at all? wouldn’t it be better – in terms of proper property, of course – if JKR made her own lexicon or her editor’s bible or whatever available on her own site?

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I love the Harry Potter books. And I love the Lexcon…So mixed feelings abound. I’m having a hard time with this one. Because deep down inside I don’t think it was about protecting anyone’s work…..it was about the money! Sad.

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Congratulations Jo! I’m so happy she won! :)

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Can you believe it, I still read in official places that Jo ‘cried in front of the judge’ – and that’s our national telly, saying that! No peeps, she didn’t cry. She said ‘I’m not going to cry, because I’m British’. There were no tears! How did they bend it like that??? Ahhh, journalism…

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Jo Congrats to you! I am so happy for you! God Bless you Jo!!!

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Congratulations Jo!

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I read the 68 page pdf yesterday, and I found the ruling to be very fair. Every question I had about the case was answered. Every argument that had been discussed on these comments and in the message boards was addressed.

Here are a few things that stood out: 1. Even though Jo says that the book contained little commentary, the judge actually ruled that “commentary” was not necessary for an A-Z guide. Instead, the biggest problem with the Lexicon (which had been brought up 100s of times in the community) was that so many of the entries directly copied Jo’s descriptive language. Had Steve used his own descriptive language to identify objects, spells, etc., this book may have been considered transformative.

2. The judge ruled this was not a derivative work, which means this doesn’t stop others from writing reference guides, including A-Z guides (which is a good thing for everyone, as long as they make it transformative).

3. The judge ruled that the Lexicon wouldn’t hurt the sales of the 7 novels. I think most people knew that. However, he did rule that they would harm the sales of the two companion books which he said had been copied “wholesale.” I always thought that this was a key point, yet Jo’s lawyers barely mentioned the damage the Lexicon could do to the companion books during trial. Most of the focus was on the novels. I’m glad the judge saw this and ruled appropriately.

So I really think this is the best ruling for everyone (well except RDR and Steve). Fiction author’s descriptive writing and copyrights were protected. Plus no new limits were placed on reference guides. Also, there was no mention of the website. It had very little to do with the ruling, which is great for those who were worried about fansites in general. It simply came down to the fact that Steve copy too many description directly from the book.

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Why are there so many duplicated posts in these comments? Is there something wrong with Leaky’s web applications, or do HP fans in general just not understand how to use web forms?

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@ Paul

So it’s not just me? I thought it was my computer acting up. It sometimes takes aaages to put up a comment- seems there’s something wrong, not sure…

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Great post Mollywobble. Great effort in listing those standout points. I am so busy right now that I cant go through that pdf so thank you for that on behalf of others with little time (or patience!) as I. This really does seem to be the most perfect assement that Judge Patterson could make. No one is surpressed. Everyone is a winner, Authors, fansites, us fans except for RDR and SVA as is just but even they have the opportunity to publish by re-writing their proposed Lexicon in adherence to copyright and fair use law. However, SVA’s actions is hard to forgive on moral grounds. He has hurt friends, deceived them by taking profit deals behind their backs, used innocent essay writers to his profitable means without anyone’s consent, and has attacked the friendship of Melissa and Jo. Still, I have no ill wishes for him and hope he learns from his mistakes and be a better person.

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An appeal? Give it up, RDR.

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No problem Professor.

Paul and emmy, when big news breaks and several people try to post, Leaky’s server starts to act up. It results in multiple posts. They’ve had this problem for a year or two now. I’m sure they’re trying to work on it.

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Yeah, we’re trying to fix it, and will have a different system in place soon that should solve a lot of these problems. Sorry about the multiple posts, guys. We haven’t even been able to get into the admin to do due diligence on modding the comments, though things seem to have cooled off now.

Just, hit “Post” once and check back, I bet it posted. :) People slam on the “Post” button a few times, and that’s why there are multiple posts.

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I am confused and hope someone can clarify. Does the ruling mean that the Lexicon book can never be published, or does it mean that it would have to be changed and infringing material removed before it can be published?

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To Lucky7 – I thought the same thing. I went through the 68 page PDF and it wasn’t as clear cut as a lot people thought it would be.

There were times in the document when it sounded like if RDR took out the sections copied ‘wholesale’ that it could still be released.

However, the judge was very clear that while selling the Lexicon wouldn’t hurt the 7 novels it would hurt the companion books. So, it sounds like they would have to limit the knowledge to purely the 7 novels.

And if that’s the case, what good is it as the reference book it’s supposed to be. So, if that is the case, I doubt RDR would continue.

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As I interpret the ruling on Justia (which was a great read by the way), there is a permanent injunction on the Lexicon, which means, even if changed they can’t publish.

However it doesn’t stop others from creating their own reference book, as long as they truly adhere to Fair Use standards.

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Ms. Rowling; I would like to add my congratulations. Your books have brought my family and I much pleasure and to have that work lessened would have been a crime.

By the Way: My daughter is delighted with the post card story and the ‘prequel’ comment. She hopes that you will indeed pen a prequel. I am looking forward to ‘the scottish book’, or, as I like to refer to it, “Hogwarts: A History”.

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Okay, this is weird.

This URL for the Lexicon takes you to a Go Daddy site where it looks like the entire website has been dismantled: http://www.hp-lexicon.org/

This URL for the Lexicon lets you in: http://hp-lexicon.info/index-2.html

So has Steve dismantled the site or not?

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I guess there’s been too many arguments between SVA and other fans, there’s been happening too much stuff. I’d understand if he’d want to quit it all for now…

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..Although his ‘what’s new’ section doesn’t seem like he’s quitting. Maybe just something temporal-

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CeNedra -

I’m not entirely sure, as IANAL, but it appears as if the Lexicon, as it appears in Document 22 is not publishable. If SVA edits and removes the offending parts it may still be publishable. Of course, even with revisions, he could be taken to court again, and it could be harder for him to publish as he could be seen as ‘willful’

I dunno. IANAL, but but I think the Patterson made it clear what hurdles need to be overcome, and at least gives a sort of outline of what is not acceptable in the murky law that is Fair Use. That being said, it appears as well that Patterson did not buy the argument of RDR acting in bad faith, nor that was obliged to submit the book to JKR and her attorneys – I think he found that the book wasnot a derivative, so it does not automatically give her control. It appears that basically he said that she does not control the market.

Honestly, I don’t think anyone really ‘won’ this – a lot of people (SVA, RDR, JKR) are being slammed by various sections of society – you may not agree with them, but it’s happening and I don’t think you really win, when some of the public turns against you.

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I am glad Jo won her case. Theft is theft, no matter what other name it might be known by. Congratulations to her, and all the other authors she is helping to protect through this ruling.

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Very well said, Jo, with humility in your words, we more admire you. If there’s any person who have the right to publish this encyclopedia is no other the YOU, using your HP words and terms, introduce further the HP character, etc. We’re all behind you and will patronize you in all your endevour. BTW When will this encylopedia coming out :)

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good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But im hoping the lexicon will come soon of you Jo ;)

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As someone who works in law enforcement, I am so happy that this worked out for you Jo. I love it when the law works out as it should. CONGRATS!!!!!

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GUD FOR JO STUFF LEXICON

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Congrats to Jo on winning this one. I am glad that it does not affect companion books that have literary comments about a book, but the Lexicon clearly did not fit in that category from everything I’ve read about it.

Now I wish that RDR would just stop. No appeals, please. That would just be silly.

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I think it would be best to leave well enough alone regarding an appeal. Of course, it is RDR’s money. If this was Steve directly, then I would encourage him not to spend more and possibly lose more (can you lose more over multiple appeals?), but since it is just RDR that is the actual defending party, go ahead, have fun, just try to not get any attorneys that sound like they have their own pants named after them, alright?

STOP! HAMMER TIME!

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One of the lessons here is, I think, becoming very familiar with a work by someone else, to the point that you can quote it backwards and forwards, does not make it your own. People forget how difficult it is to create truly original work such as JKR has. Artists and copyrights need to be protected, and the courts have supported that. Whether something similar was online already is not relevant. Web sites are ephemeral anyway (how many do you remember from 1998?). Printed matter will last hundreds of years.

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Yayyyyyyyyy I was with Jo all along. I am glad she won. Congratulations Jo !

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JKR has shown a really nasty side of herself by taking this case. I’m so disappointed in her.

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“I am glad that it does not affect companion books that have literary comments about a book, but the Lexicon clearly did not fit in that category from everything I’ve read about it.”

You should read the judge’s opinion, particularly the paragraphs on p. 43, “The purpose of the Lexicon’s use of the Harry Potter series is transformative …” and p. 47, “Plaintiffs argue that the Lexicon’s use of Rowling’s works cannot be considered transformative because the Lexicon does not add significant analysis or commentary … [but] Focusing on what the Lexicon fails to add by way of analysis misses the point that the Lexicon’s chief contribution is the function it serves.”

Rowling’s comment about the Lexicon’s lack of “original insights” is misleading. The Lexicon did not fail because it lacked original insights. It failed because it copied too much of Rowling’s text.

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In previous discussions about the case, there were a number of attornies who also contributed to the postings, and shared their expertise on the legal side of things. That really helped clarify matters for the rest of us. Haven’t noticed any postings from those folks in the two discussions about the decision, however, and I hope some of those fans will chime in after they have had time to read the decision

Mollyw, I think the WB attornies didn’t raise the issue of the “other” JKR books because their interest was only in the novels and the films based on them?

waves at Mollyw, Confederate L, Prof Potter (and anyone I forget to mention specifically by name) ....always good to see you all

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“Rowling’s comment about the Lexicon’s lack of “original insights” is misleading. The Lexicon did not fail because it lacked original insights. It failed because it copied too much of Rowling’s text.”

Posted by MT on September 11, 2008 @ 10:32 AM

But the only alternative to copying too much text is instead using original wording. If it’s not the copied text, then it is original, even if it is saying the same thing using different words. So I think the judge was very sly because even though he said that the Lexicon did not need to add significant analysis or commentary, by ruling that it was infringing in spite of being transformative he DID rule that it needed original material of some kind. Whether you call that original material by the name of analysis, commentary, or insights is up to you. But by ruling that it copied too much, he did indeed rule that it needed to contain original material.

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“But the only alternative to copying too much text is instead using original wording. If it’s not the copied text, then it is original, even if it is saying the same thing using different words … Whether you call that original material by the name of analysis, commentary, or insights is up to you.”

You offer a false choice. A phrase that says the same thing as another phrase using different words is not an analysis of, commentary on, or insight into the other phrase.

Page 56 of the opinion contains two phrases from the Lexicon that the judge considers acceptable:

“Lupin taught his third year Defence Against the Dark Arts class to fight this with the Riddikulus spell (PA7).” “used a boggart as a substitute for a Dementor in tutoring Harry (PA12)”

Would you really call these analysis, commentary, or original insights?

As for ruling that the Lexicon is transformative and yet still copies too much, the judge is not being sly but is simply ruling on two of the four factors specified in copyright law for determining fair use.

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“Would you really call these analysis, commentary, or original insights?”

I think that’s what JKR probably meant when she said in her statement that the Lexicon didn’t contain enough original commentary, as opposed to her deliberately trying to be misleading.

SVA could still get the Lexicon published if he were to make EVERY entry be similar to what the judge found acceptable (and remove any material from Fantastic Beasts and Quidditch Through the Ages), but if he’s really sincere about not meaning for any of this mess to happen, he will probably not attempt anything else.

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Enid Blyton wouldn’t have done to SVA what you did, Ms Rowling. And you are no Enid Blyton, Madam.

Just saying.

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Well said, Jo. I only hope that RDR doesn’t appeal.

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Congratulations Jo! Being someone born/raised in Western Michigan it’s good to see one of the Dutch finally not have so much political power that they actually have to work for what they get in life. Thank goodness the court location was not in Western Michigan where the Dutch OWN the courts. Can you tell I’m not dutch and have lived my whole life as a sub-citizen? Heh

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