There are 23 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Apr 16, 2008, titled Judge tells Rowling, Vander Ark to settle out of court. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:J.K. Rowling and a Michigan publisher who wants to release an unauthorized lexicon to her Harry Potter novels should try to settle the copyright dispute out of court, a judge said Wednesday.
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#22 Apr 17, 2008
I totally disagree, that's a very short sighted veiw. Anyone should have the right to write a reference guide. The seperation between intellectual rights and reference is fundumental for the flow of information in society. Other wise you might as well start burning dictionaries, encyclopedia, fan mags, newspapers, book reviews ect.
I am a big supporter of Rowling's aggresiveness to protect the integrity of the wizard world, but this time she has over stepped her own rights. If she really wants to kill the RDR book, what she needs to do is announce she is going to release her own soon and get bust working on it. That would pretty much kill interest in the book.(which the law suit might just be a tactic on her part to delay RDR's book while she does just that)
#23 Apr 17, 2008
My dear, if you're going to hassle someone about poor grammar and punctuation, it would be prudent to ensure that your own post has no such errors. Yes, his grammar was far worse, but yours wasn't great. Please don't end clauses with prepositions. Thanks.
#24 Apr 19, 2008
No, that's not what he said at all. He said that there was a real grey area in the law, and that the case would likely lead to a lengthy appeals process. Thus, the more pragmatic approach would be to find some way to settle the case. That does not mean "grow up".
I'm with Rowling on this. It was one thing for him to provide info about her material for free on his website, but he changed it when he decided to profit off of her work. Call it what you want, but that's stealing.
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