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JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial: RDR Books Withdraws Appeal

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Posted by: Edward
December 04, 2008, 04:45 PM

An update comes today regarding the ongoing JKR/WB vs. RDR Books trial.  Publisher RDR Books voluntarily withdrew its appeal in the RDR Books vs. WB/JKR case concerning the publication of an unauthorized Harry Potter encyclopedia.  The publisher is working on releasing a version of the book in question that complies with the judge's ruling, which indicated that the original book copied heavily from the Harry Potter books. There was no settlement in the case.

The Christopher Little Agency released the following statement today:

"We are delighted that this matter is finally and favourably resolved and that J.K. Rowling's rights  -- and indeed the rights of all authors of creative works -- have been protected.  We are also pleased to hear that rather than continue to litigate, RDR have themselves decided to publish a different book prepared with reference to Judge Patterson's decision."
Complete trial coverage from Leaky can be found via this link.

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wow…finally it has ended. If they didn’t do it in the first place…well it would be the same today lol. They didn’t do much did they?

Posted by * on December 04, 2008, 06:43 PM report to moderator

I’m glad it ended the way it did

Posted by Sam on December 04, 2008, 06:48 PM report to moderator

I am afraid I will have to wait till the new lexicon book
is close to publication to see if this mess is finally over.

Posted by ironsos on December 04, 2008, 06:56 PM report to moderator

THEY’VE SEEN REASON!!!!!! Great for Jo, now she can breathe easy.

Posted by Fayewn on December 04, 2008, 06:59 PM report to moderator

Amen! It’s about time.

Posted by Liza on December 04, 2008, 07:00 PM report to moderator

SVDA could have written it properly in the first place, and I hope he attempts to now. From the talks I saw him give at Prophecy, he had the audience wrapped around his finger, and if he wrote like that, with commentary and some research behind him, they could be decent books. Especially his last talk, about searching for HP, (which now that I look I see is already for sale), most of the audience, which was so large it had to be moved to the biggest room available, were in tears and feeling the magic by the end. I have always felt it was more RDR wanting to make some quick bucks, and convincing Steve that they were on the right path and all would be fine. Well, it probably was for RDR, but it wasn’t for the rest of us who had our hearts tied to this wonderful fandom. Although I’ve tried to remain fairly neutral watching from a distance, I was happy Jo won, and am relieved now that RDR has pulled out of it. You may be a Slytherin Steve, but I think you would have come back at the end of DH with Slughorn to fight too. In the end, we’re all on the good side, right?

Posted by Patricia421 on December 04, 2008, 07:09 PM report to moderator

thank goodness! only she can write the true lexicon!

Posted by leviOHsa on December 04, 2008, 07:13 PM report to moderator

Cool! I can’t wait to buy it.

Posted by peregrine on December 04, 2008, 07:22 PM report to moderator

Just in time for the holidays ;-)

Posted by emmy on December 04, 2008, 07:28 PM report to moderator

I just read beedle the bard

Posted by Rolf on December 04, 2008, 07:28 PM report to moderator

Oh wait wrong article to comment on sorry

Posted by Rolf on December 04, 2008, 07:29 PM report to moderator

oh thank god thank god thank god!

Posted by givemesomeTLC on December 04, 2008, 07:51 PM report to moderator

Ah, how sweet it is. Victory. And, yes, it does seem misleading to call it the Lexicon when it won’t look anything like the website. But then when has this gang ever been anything but misleading.

Posted by davidenglish on December 04, 2008, 08:32 PM report to moderator

YAY for JK Rowling! and her fans. Thank you leaky for the fair coverage.

Posted by Carebie on December 04, 2008, 08:46 PM report to moderator

The book is $24.95, but for $15 you can get the deluxe “autographed” edition and help pay off RDR Books massive legal bills. This will be a collector’s item. I kid you not. They will be charging $15 for Lexicon Steve’s autograph.

Posted by davidenglish on December 04, 2008, 09:43 PM report to moderator
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