Thursday, April 17, 2008

Wall-To-Wall Harry Potter Copyright Trial Coverage

J.K. Rowling, author of the übersuccessful Harry Potter book series, has been in a New York courtroom recently.

It is all part of a strange copyright infringement lawsuit against a librarian who wants to publish a Harry Potter "Lexicon" (in other words, a guide to Potterhead trivia).

Rowling claims that the lexicon copies big chunks of material from her series while adding little new information.

Hooboy.

Many dimensions to this one: copyright law, lowly librarian being attacked by Hollywood megacorporation (Warner Brothers), wildly popular kiddie author with gigantic following, artistic integrity, literary specialists as expert witnesses. And lots of tears for the cameras!

You gotta love it!

For those who can't get enough legal "Pottermania", the Wall Street Journal Law Blog provided full and interactive coverage and commentary of the story.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 4:36 pm

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