Terrible Ruling: Judge Halts Publication Of Harry Potter Lexicon

from the bad-news dept

Despite the fact that J.K. Rowling relied on emotional, rather than legal reasons for not wanting the publication of a guidebook about the Harry Potter universe, called the Harry Potter Lexicon to go forward, it appears that a judge was convinced. The judge has halted the publication of the Lexicon, saying that it violates Rowling's copyrights and did not establish a fair use defense. Hopefully the book publisher will appeal, as there seems to be some questionable statements in the ruling:
"because the Lexicon appropriates too much of Rowling's creative work for its purposes as a reference guide, a permanent injunction must issue to prevent the possible proliferation of works that do the same and thus deplete the incentive for original authors to create new works."
It's quite difficult to see how the publication of the Lexicon, which would only encourage more fans to dig even deeper into the Harry Potter universe somehow "depletes" the incentive for the original author to create new works. The Lexicon does nothing more than add more value to the rest of the Harry Potter books, and to deny its publication seems like a travesty of a broken copyright system.

Filed Under: copyright, fair use, guidebook, harry potter, harry potter lexicon, j.k. rowling

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    Igau, 12 Sep 2008 @ 7:02pm

    Re: helps me for Xmas time...

    I'm sorry Ehrichweiss. You may disagree with her choice to file the suit (Which concerning the Lexicon case, is something you could fairly hold against her), but she's not the judge. Patterson was the judge, and he felt that she and WB were correct in this. He made that decision.

    Don't take it out on your son. Her asshattery? Quite frankly the one looking like an asshat here is you. Anyways JKR won't lose a penny thanks to your mean and selfish decision. The charities that receive the proceeds from Beedle the Bard will.

    Again: Please, please, PLEASE don't take it out on your son. It might be okay if you chose to just not purchase the book, but to lie to other relatives and claim that you already bought the book is just wrong.

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