Vander Ark cries during 'Harry Potter' testimony

A Harry Potter fan who wants to publish an encyclopedic guide to the wildly popular fantasy novels broke down and cried on the witness stand Tuesday as he faced off in federal court against his idol J.K. ... Full Story
Mike

United States

#1 Apr 15, 2008
I understand all that stuff about intellectual properties, copyright laws, etc. but with a series as popular as Harry Potter that has the potential for such an expansive universe where new ideas and stuff are constantly being added to it, one similar to the Star Wars universe, what is so wrong with combining all of those ideas into book form so that fans can better understand it all? I don't get why it's okay for people to publish encyclopedias and stuff based on the Star Wars universe, but when it relates to Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling has to get her panties in a bunch when she could have offered an opportunity for Vander Ark to turn his book into a more collaborative effort so that both parties can benefit from it.
guest

United States

#2 Apr 15, 2008
Max Crux

Hollywood, FL

#3 Apr 15, 2008
When Steven Vander Ark's publisher, RDR Books, told him it was okay to publish a printed version of Vander Ark's Harry Potter Lexicon Web site, which is largely derived from work by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, Vander Ark accepted that without further question and proceeded with the project. That cavalier attitude is no surprise when one considers he had been trying to market this idea to two other publishers.

When did it become okay to lift someone else's copyrighted material and present it as one's own? That's why,“in the name of scholastic pursuit”, I've made a copy of Vander Ark's Web site to use as my own Web site. Oh, it's okay. I've changed the name of the site and reorganized it a little. My version is called Harry Potter's Maxicon. Different enough, right?

Http://www.maxicon.org

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