JK Rowling's lawsuit against Byron Ce...

JK Rowling's lawsuit against Byron Center man starts

There are 45 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Apr 14, 2008, titled JK Rowling's lawsuit against Byron Center man starts. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

A smiling J.K. Rowling stepped out of a car and strode into a lower Manhattan courthouse early Monday for the start of her lawsuit against a Michigan publisher.

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Denver, CO

#42 Apr 16, 2008
How hard is it to understand that even if Rowling IS a millionare, she still has the right to protect her creative work? Jeez, people!

United States

#43 Apr 16, 2008
GR student wrote:
How hard is it to understand that even if Rowling IS a millionare, she still has the right to protect her creative work? Jeez, people!
I say let's give their hard earn money to some radom poor family and claim they are greed for keeping their money.

They won't be crying about JK being greedy bitch after that.

Hixson, TN

#44 Apr 16, 2008
John wrote:
'Read Along' books are very common, there has never been a lawsuit against 'Sparknotes' or 'Cliffnotes'. They seem to be about the same style book as this. Plus, I don't buy the "I can't finish my new book because this lawsuit is stressing me out". If your that great of a writer you can write and think! Two, her lawyers have probably dealt with most of this.
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Cliffnotes and Sparknotes are either working with something whose author has been dead for a hundred years or more, OR if the copyright is still in effect, they get permission. They also actually give analysis, which the Lexi-book does not.

I don't buy SVA's crying either. If he had been so misled, then why in the world did in his email to Melissa Anelli (mentioned in court) say that he felt he had NOT been misled? Why would he ask there to be an idemnification clause to be put in his contract?(I fully believe he did and not them, as when I commented about it to him over in the "What's New" section on the Lexicon website, he did not deny it). Why would give endless interviews to fanzines and sites and mouth off about Jo's "power grab" and how a win for RDR would be a win for the fandom?

SVA is someone suffering through a mega-midlife crisis in a very public manner. He should learn something about choices from the books he so worships and hopes to profit from.
Jason in 08

United States

#45 Apr 16, 2008
Michigan HP Fan wrote:
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Ew no. Why should she? Even though I've met Steve and thought (at one time) he was okay, he's passed into creepy stalker, crazy gun wielding fan territory.
Isnt that so with most if not all of the potter fans who have hit puberty and older??

Blue Springs, MO

#48 Apr 19, 2008
To everyone claiming JKR is "just greedy": it's not just a money issue. It's a fair use, copyright, and transformitive works issue.

SVA could probably have published the Lexicon with little difficulty if it used <10% JKR's own words, included meaningful and insightful commentary, and contributed something meaningful.

But it's not like that.

It wouldn't have been a problem if SVA had merely left it as a not-for-profit website-- copyright infringement usually only becomes an issue when attention is drawn to it, it becomes for-profit, or it's claimed that it ISN'T.

But SVA and RDR are trying to print it.

There's also the issue of protecting copyright; that is, if JKR/WB do NOT sue for-profit copyright infringement, they can "lose" copyright, and any Joe off the streets could start profiting from JKR's brainchild through pirating, selling non-authorized transformitive works, and generally screwing up Harry Potter for everyone.

Even if SVA is the "underdog" and "little man" in this story, the big boys and rich peeps are in the right, from a legal standpoint.

(Also, JKR is three shades of absolutely fantastic. <3 )
Jason in 08 wrote:
<quoted text>Isnt that so with most if not all of the potter fans who have hit puberty and older??
Don't be silly; for every crazy stalker fan, there's eight who're only mildly nuts, twenty who're just involved with the fandom, and a hundred who are JUST fans.

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