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JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial Day Two: Steve Vander Ark's Testimony

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Posted by: Kristin
April 15, 2008, 05:56 PM

USA Today reports that Steve Vander Ark testified earlier today in the case brought by J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers, who are attempting to block publication of a print version of the Harry Potter Lexicon website.

According to the article, during testimony, Steve Vander Ark was visibly upset when discussing the impact of the case. “It’s been difficult because there has been a lot of criticism, obviously, and that was never the intention. ... This has been an important part of my life for the last nine years or so.”

USA Today also reports that Mr. Vander Ark noted that he had concerns regarding whether the publication of the book would constitute copyright infringement, and that he was talked into publication by the publishing company.

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports on the testimony as well, noting that the Ms. Rowling and counsel were positioned directly in front of the witness stand.

The WSJ reports that in opening remarks, RDR attorney Anthony Falzone noted that Vander Ark’s interest has never been about money, but “passion”. In testimony today, Vander Ark reported that he has made about $6500 from the website between 2000 and 2008, through advertising.

For further information on the opening day of the trial, please see yesterday’s post here at The Leaky Cauldron .

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