There are, as you know, plenty of intellectual property questions around "fair use" rights - but one of the more interesting ones might be the legality of "fan fiction" - stories written by fans of books and movies to mimic the original. Generally speaking, these are done by true fans who want more - and who wants to stop fans from expressing their enjoyment of a work of art? The question, though, is where is the line between fair use and copyright infringement? In the case of the Harry Potter books, it appears an entire subculture of fan fiction is thriving. J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, seems to have nothing against these sites... unless they feature adult material, at which point the cease-and-desist letters come out. In that case, it appears to be less a "copyright" issue than one of being afraid of young kids searching the internet for Harry Potter stories and coming across something a little too mature.
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