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JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: U.K. Publisher Not Counting on Scheduled April Release of Lexicon Book

Posted by: Kristin
April 25, 2008, 12:08 AM

U.K. Publisher Methuen does not expect to meet the scheduled April release of Steve Vander Ark’s Lexicon book, as it has been postponed pending the court’s decision.

Peter Tummons or Methuen says he is “very confident” in RDRContinued...

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JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Complete Transcripts

Posted by: Kristin
April 22, 2008, 04:29 PM

We now have the transcripts of the trial, courtesy of Stanford Law School.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

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JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Author Neil Gaiman's Thoughts

Posted by: Kristin
April 22, 2008, 04:00 PM

Author Neil Gaiman has posted on his blog about the trial and fair use:

“Most commentary on the internet seems to break down into people picking sides based on personalities and opinions. As with most grey areas of law, it isn’t cut and dried, and even when an appeals court-sizedContinued...

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JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: SVA Interview with BBC

Posted by: Kristin
April 21, 2008, 01:47 AM

BBC Radio 4 has a short interview with Steve Vander Ark – click the image of the HP Lexicon’s front page to play.

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JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: "Pro Jo" Editorials

Posted by: Kristin
April 20, 2008, 09:35 PM

In contrast to recent editorials that have slammed J.K. Rowling and WB for pursuing litigation in the case of Steve Vander Ark’s Lexicon book are two editorials in support of the author:

From Natalie Haynes of the Times Online:

“RDR, the publishers of the lexicon, have described it as aContinued...

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JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Guardian Editorial

Posted by: Kristin
April 20, 2008, 02:04 PM

Marina Hyde of the Guardian has an opinion piece in which she speaks unfavorably of J.K. Rowling and WB’s decision to pursue litigation, in part arguing that the potential publication of the Lexicon will have little impact on the series in the face of other, sanctioned projects:

“As forContinued...

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JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: The "Blurry Line" of Copyright Law

Posted by: Kristin
April 20, 2008, 12:22 PM

The Associated Press has a brief history of the trial, as well as the challenges of deciding when the claim of fair use has gone to far:

“Lawrence Pulgram, an intellectual property lawyer who represented Napster in a copyright fight with the rock band Metallica, said deciding whereContinued...

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JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: MSNBC Editorial

Posted by: Kristin
April 18, 2008, 10:14 PM

In this MSNBC opinion piece, author Helen A.S. Popkin, who appears to think that J.K. Rowling is in the wrong, advises the author to settle the case (as also suggested by the judge), explains how the Internet and the Creative Commons license have changed creative practice, and likens Steve Vander Ark toContinued...

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JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Summary Reports

Posted by: Kristin
April 17, 2008, 04:13 PM

From various sources, articles on this week’s trial:

The BBC

The Sydney Morning Herald.

The International Herald Tribune

UPDATE:

The New York Post

The Guardian

The Telegraph

Other reports from the trial can be found here. If you have find an article on the trial that you believe Leaky should linkContinued...

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JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial: A partial settlement reached; WSJ summarizes day three of testimony

Posted by: Kristin
April 17, 2008, 02:15 AM

UPDATE: The Wall Street Journal Law Blog has three entries today about the on-going trial.

In the first entry, Law Blogger Dan Slater reports that the lawyers involved informed Judge Patterson earlier today that they had reached a settlementContinued...

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JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial Day Three: JKR's courtroom statement; closing remarks from the plantiffs

Posted by: Kristin
April 16, 2008, 10:08 PM

From Reuters, via Yahoo News:JKR told the courtroom on Wednesday: “This case is about an author’s right to protect their creation. If this book is allowed to be published the floodgates will open.”

She added: “Are we, or areContinued...

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JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial: Testimony

Posted by: Kristin
April 16, 2008, 05:45 PM

As a follow up to yesterday’s post regarding Steve Vander Ark’s testimony in the case of J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers vs. RDR Books, we have the following details. Please note that Leaky was in attendance, and as on Monday, all notes were handwritten as recorders were banned.

General facts

DuringContinued...

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JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial: Public Statement by Warner Brothers

Posted by: Kristin
April 16, 2008, 11:49 AM

A spokesperson for Warner Brothers and J.K. Rowling issued the following statement following Tuesday’s legal proceedings in the trial over whether the publication of a print version of The Harry Potter Lexicon should be blocked:

“A fan’s affectionate enthusiasm shouldContinued...

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JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial Day Two: Judge Says "A settlement is better than a lawsuit"

Posted by: Kristin
April 16, 2008, 03:58 AM

According to the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, Judge Robert Patterson addressed the courtroom at the end of the second day of trial:

“I’m concerned that this case is more lawyer-driven than it is client-driven. The fair use people are on one side, and aContinued...

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

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 visiblyContinued...