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RDR Books Files Notice of Appeal

Posted by: Kristin
November 11, 2008, 04:08 PM

As we reported in September, Judge Robert Patterson ruled in favor of J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers in the copyright case against RDR Books, publisher of the book version of the Harry Potter Lexicon website. RDR Books has now officially filed a notice of appeal. An actual appeal will follow.


Past Leaky coverage ofContinued...

JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial: An Appeal to be Filed

Posted by: Edward
September 15, 2008, 12:19 PM

An update for you this morning on the ongoing trial between WB/JKR vs.RDR Books. The Detroit Free Press is reporting an appeal is expected to be filed this week in this matter. The paper reports:

Roger Rapoport, a Muskegon publisher, and Steve Vander Ark, a Grand Rapids area librarian and author,Continued...

JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial: Statements Regarding Ruling

Posted by: Kristin
September 08, 2008, 07:47 PM

Since the opinion earlier today in which Judge Patterson ruled in favor of J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers, the following statements have been issued.

From J.K. Rowling:

“I took no pleasure at all in bringing legal action and am delighted that this issue has been resolved favourably. I went to courtContinued...

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: JKR Wins Copyright Case

Posted by: Kristin
September 08, 2008, 06:34 PM

News sources are reporting that the judge in the case of J.K. Rowling and Warner Brothers vs. RDR Books has issued a ruling. From WNBC NY:

“The small publisher was not contesting that the lexicon infringes upon Rowling’s copyright but argued that it was a fair use allowable by law for referenceContinued...

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law (pt 2)

Posted by: Kristin
May 11, 2008, 02:51 AM

This post is part two of our post from earlier today, and includes our summary of the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law presented by JKR/WB in this PDF.

Please see the prior post for Editor’s Notes. In addition, please also note that the JKR/WB document is considerablyContinued...

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law (pt 1)

Posted by: Kristin
May 10, 2008, 12:30 PM

We now have available at Leaky the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law documents from both Plaintiffs JKR/WB and Defendant RDR Books. These documents offer each side’s analysis of the trial and opinion on how it should conclude. The documents are in PDF format and totalContinued...

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Tim Wu Leads Panel at Copyright Conference, Discusses Fan Response to Vander Ark

Posted by: Kristin
May 09, 2008, 01:21 AM

Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu led a panel May 1st at OnCopyright 2008, a conference hosted by the Copyright Clearance Center. The panel focused on the JKR/WB vs RDR Books lawsuit, and more particularly on the response Harry Potter fans have had to Steve VanderContinued...

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: "Fan Feud", from The New Yorker

Posted by: Kristin
May 06, 2008, 12:55 AM

Tim Wu in an article for The New Yorker looks at the events leading up to the trial, speaks to Steve Vander Ark, and compares J.K. Rowling to the mythical Athena:

“Once upon a time, a talented weaver named Arachne declared herself superior in skill to Athena, the goddess of wisdom,Continued...

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Chicago Tribune article

Posted by: Kristin
May 03, 2008, 03:53 PM

The Chicago Tribune speaks to Roger Rapoport of RDR Books, the publishing company that is involved in a legal battle against JK Rowling and Warner Brothers over the rights to publish a book version of the HP Lexicon website.

Not a Potter fan, Mr. Rapoport was unfamiliar withContinued...

JKR/WB vs. RDR Books Trial: Opinions

Posted by: Kristin
April 26, 2008, 02:05 AM

Several public figures have voiced their opinions on the JKR/WB vs. RDR Books court case:

Hugo and Nebula award-winning writer Orson Scott Card claims that J.K. Rowling’s “hypocrisy is so thick” that he “can hardly breathe”.

He goes on to say:

“Once you publish fiction, Ms.Continued...

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

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 appealsContinued...

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.

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 asContinued...

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...