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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 8 Sep 2008 @ 7:33pm

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    Well, annonymous, show me where Berners-Lee's work is under copyright and how I'm violating it and I'll email him to see what he want's for a royalty.
    Show me where I ever said it was.
    I'm sure you're willing to share the bill, since I doubt you've paid him anything.
    Nope, but then again I've never claimed that using someone else's work was wrong either. That's why you're the hypocrite. And to use your term, a "leach".
    It helps if you understand what copyright is (and is not) before you start calling people hypocrites.
    I do. And you need to understand that one who promotes one principle but then practices another is a hypocrite.

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