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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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Poor Steve, he knew his book was infringing when he signed the contract. And, yes, we all acknowledged he could have stopped and rewritten the book. But he only did that when he actually had no choice whatsoever. His book could be a bestseller and still not make back all the money wasted to feed his vanity.

Posted by davidenglish on December 05, 2008, 01:50 AM report to moderator

Why would an “early draft” show the price differences and prominently list the reasons for them? What about the net sales going to the Right to Write fund?

So there’s no plan to charge for autographed first edition copies? None at all and we can quote you on that?

Posted by Cara on December 05, 2008, 01:57 AM report to moderator

well im glad to see the court battle is over and i hope the rewrite of the lexicon is done well enough to truly comply with the judges order so as not to trigger a second lawsuit

Posted by ravenclawguy1972 on December 05, 2008, 02:02 AM report to moderator

Hey, ravenclawguy1972, you’ve got a good point there. So let’s ask Steve, since he’s being so chatty.

This book has been rewritten to comply with copyright law, yes? Did CLLA get to see an advanced copy and is that why their statement is so bracingly chipper?

Posted by Cara on December 05, 2008, 02:10 AM report to moderator

Agreed, Cara. Steve has been stringing everyone along with a sob story that, if it wasn’t for the lawyers stopping him, he’d be able to tell us all that really happened and why and then we’d know the truth. Well, lawsuit’s over. No appeal. Spill it, Steve. What’s the whole story? What did you know and when did you know it? And why did you do it when everything you ever learned at library school told you you couldn’t? And how could you think you wrote what was lifted word for word from Jo? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by davidenglisn on December 05, 2008, 02:27 AM report to moderator

Glad its all over and I look forward to the new book, Steve. The more Potter books the better.

Posted by catherine on December 05, 2008, 02:30 AM report to moderator
Snape's Mistress

Yeah, let’s boicott the bloody book. They don’t deserve to sell one copy.

Posted by Snape's Mistress on December 05, 2008, 03:32 AM report to moderator

Yay. Hope its all up from here.

Posted by Johnny on December 05, 2008, 04:15 AM report to moderator
Professor Potter

The funny thing is, in the meantime SVA has written another Harry Potter related book and already published in UK. Amazon had paired it off with Melissa’s Harry, A History, LOL! The book is certainly more original content than Lexicon as it is about his travels to the locations that he thinks are similar in Harry Potter. Interesting concept actually. Shame he faltered so badly with the Lexicon chaos as this book could have got him a better marketing and reception. As it stands, I personally think he was very wrong and manipulative and have no interest in his books because of what he has done. But I dont consider him a very bad man. He doesn’t need to be relentlessly prosecuted. so I wish him well, regardless.

Posted by Professor Potter on December 05, 2008, 05:39 AM report to moderator

Well, way to take the high road guys, I’m just saying. If you want to be petty and vindictive, and make a bad name for fans everywhere (because when you are vindictive like this, it’s all you do), and hold a petty grudge the rest of your life far be it for me to stop you, because if you must gloat like this when SVA follows the ruling, I can’t see you letting this go anytime soon; I’m sure it will be brought up if/when he publishes again.

Though, it’s weird that the CLLA release only seemed to be sent here when it this was ‘broken’ 14 hours go or so in the LL. Apparently everyone else in the world was unable to use google effectively.

Posted by Lauren on December 05, 2008, 07:23 AM report to moderator

@ Lauren: Thanks for your sentiments.

Did I say that I wanted to take the high road? Ever? Nope. That’s for the oh-so laughable book Lexicon supporters to claim and fail to live up to as they sit back and whing and moan and insult others over at delusional central. As for making a bad name for fans, hey, there’s nothing that I can do that can ever top what Steve did to give himself a bad name. Nothing at all.

Posted by Cara on December 05, 2008, 08:48 AM report to moderator

obviously, they could find no grounds at all for appeal…glad this silliness is over.

and, I second tgfoy’s comment: thank you Leaky for keeping us informed in an unbiased manner.

Posted by budb on December 05, 2008, 11:00 AM report to moderator

hm, Prof P, re your comment that SVA’s book is “about his travels to the locations that he thinks are similar in Harry Potter”…I wonder if JKR’s comments reported today are directly meant to refute that? we’ll never know, but the coincidence…..
and, folks, its over, please stop bickering.
signing off,

Posted by budb on December 05, 2008, 11:05 AM report to moderator

I’m not a supporter of the Lexicon. I’m not really a fan of Steve either after what he said about Melissa to the press. However, I think Lauren is right. It’s over with. It’s done. Let’s move on as a fandom. I’m not saying that certain fans should lovingly welcome Steve back, but I do think we should let him move on without being called hideous things for the rest of his life. His crime is that he wrote a book very poorly, and consequently, he and his publishers got in deep trouble for it (as they should have). He didn’t murder anyone.

And honestly, would it really help if Steve told everyone what “really” happened? Would you really believe him? He did change his mind a lot over the course of last year after all. So whether he always knew it was infringing or not, or whether or not he told RDR to stop, it doesn’t change the fact that it happened the way it did. Now we’re left with a lot of people in this fandom who feel hurt or stuck in the middle (and I’m not just talking about Steve supporters here).

So let’s just let it go. If Harry can let Pettigrew live, then I’m pretty sure we can forgive Steve, or at the very least, we can stop this case and this book from controlling our lives and the future of our fandom.

Posted by mollywobble on December 05, 2008, 11:26 AM report to moderator

Actually, if they call it a “concordance” and define it as a reference book, they won’t have to change much at all. However, a concordance wouldn’t make as much money. The HP scholars and logophiles might buy it. Or libraries.

Posted by aughra on December 05, 2008, 04:47 PM report to moderator
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