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October 8, 2008

Rowling Wins Against Lexicon

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Posted by Alan Wexelblat

In a not-at-all-surprising decision, Judge Patterson has ruled to block publication of the print version of Steven Vander Ark's "Harry Potter Lexicon."

The judge's decision noted that the proposed Lexicon

copies distinctive original language from the Harry Potter works in excess of its otherwise legitimate purpose of creating a reference guide.

Some reports note that there may be an appeal of the decision, or the publisher may use the decision as a guideline for which material was objectionable and could be excised to result in a Lexicon that could be published and stand up under fair use scrutiny.

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1. Athena on October 13, 2008 6:18 PM writes...

For those in the Bay Area, you can hear attorneys involved in the Lexicon case present their perspectives on derivative works at "Fair Use in the Sky with Diamonds", a symposium to be held at the University of San Francisco on November 1, 2008. For more information, visit www.usffairuse.com.

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2. DrWex on October 16, 2008 10:05 AM writes...

That's interesting. Are you associated with the event?

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3. Anonymous on January 2, 2009 1:05 AM writes...

A new 368 page book by author Steve Vander Ark called The Lexicon is being published by RDR Books (www.rdrbooks.com) on January 16. It follows Fair Use guidelines in Judge Patterson's decision which held that Lexicons are to be encouraged and added that the author of a fictional series does not have a monopoly on companion reference books. This book is based on the Harry Potter Lexicon website but has new content that does not appear online.

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