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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...

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First Day of JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial

Posted by: Melissa
April 15, 2008, 02:59 AM

As many of you know, today was the first day of the trial in the JKR/WB vs. RDR Books case, in which JKR and WB are attempting to block publication of a print version of of the A-Z listing of the online Harry Potter Lexicon.

There have been several articles about it:NYT: JK Rowling and the Courtroom of MugglesContinued...

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Lexicon Trial Updates and Important Announcement about Floo Network

Posted by: Melissa
March 24, 2008, 05:57 AM

We owe quite a few updates tonight, and there is an important announcement following (since the information in this post is vital to that announcement, so make sure to read the whole thing):

Update:: Agence France-Presse says JKR will be a witness.

Firstly, the April 14 trialContinued...

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JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial Rescheduled

Posted by: Melissa
March 13, 2008, 05:47 PM

The trial for the JKR/WB vs. RDR Books was rescheduled to April 14 today, following a meeting with Hon. Robert Patterson, Jr., the judge on the case.

The trial for the case had been previously scheduled for March 24, 25, 26 and was taking the place of a hearing on a preliminary injunction.

Also, RDR BooksContinued...

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Trial Date Set for JKR/WB vs. RDR Books

Posted by: Melissa
March 10, 2008, 05:01 PM

A trial date has been set for the WB/JKR vs. RDR Books case, in which WB and JKR are attempting to stop publication of an unauthorized Harry Potter encyclopedia. The trial has been set for March 24, 25 and 26, starting at 9:30 a.m., at the United States Courthouse in Manhattan, a representative for the courtContinued...

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JKR/WB Respond in Lexicon Suit

Posted by: Melissa
February 28, 2008, 04:14 AM

JKR and WB have filed a response to the latest filing by RDR Books in the ongoing lawsuit against the publishers of the intended book version of the Harry Potter Lexicon. There are decarations from: J.K. Rowling, author of HP; Cheryl Klein, senior editor at Scholastic Books; Prof. Landes from the University of Chicago;Continued...

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Lexicon Article Updates

Posted by: Melissa
February 09, 2008, 12:04 AM

A couple of quick updates in the Lexicon case, in which J.K. Rowling and WB are trying to stop publication of an unofficial encyclopedia based on the Harry Potter Lexicon web site:

First, Steve Vander Ark, editor of the Lexicon, wrote Ansible, a prominent British fan zine, in defense of RDR Books’ case, saying, amongContinued...