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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    Arkwin, 8 Sep 2008 @ 1:56pm

    they are brainless

    @kenn North

    They are brainless, granted I have read the first book, most of it is lame, there is nothing backing up anything in the book. There is really no history of why witches and wizards exist. And seriously Rowling is the saddest author of them all. complaining about this, the Harry potter universe. The only reason being that she didn't think of this first to get more money from her fans like you that will buy every think labeled harry potter. Do you need to see all the movies twice, buy all the movies, buy all the books, read them countless times, and buy the audio CDs as well. It's time for you to stop thinking your in a fantasy world and stop throwing money at this mundane author. Also the fact that she came out and said that dumblordor (no idea how to spell that) was gay? WTF srsly she just wanted more attention.

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