Potter encyclopedia 'is theft'
Tuesday 15 April 2008
JK Rowling has told a New York court that plans to publish an unofficial Harry Potter encyclopedia amounted to "wholesale theft".
The author outlined her reasons for suing publisher RDR Books over its plans to publish The Harry Potter Lexicon, a 400-page reference book by a librarian who has become one of the world's foremost Potter scholars.
The book was created by Steve Vander Ark, who is not party to the copyright suit. He runs a fan website visited by 25 million Potter enthusiasts. JK Rowling said she felt she had been the victim of "an act of betrayal" by Mr Vander Ark over its use of her work. She said: "He has simply taken it and copied it ... It is sloppy, lazy and it takes my work wholesale."
RDR is arguing that its book is a scholarly work which makes fair use of Rowling's material. The author said she is not sure if she now has "the will or the heart" to write her own encyclopedia, the proceeds of which she had intended to donate to charity.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Thailand beach murders: Thai PM suggests 'attractive' female tourists cannot expect to be safe wearing bikinis
- 2 Scottish independence: What you shouldn't tweet about if you want to avoid jail today
- 3 Scottish independence: Five reasons Salmond is secretly hoping for a 'No' vote
- 4 Isis plan to 'behead random member of the public' in Sydney thwarted by Australian police
- 5 Scottish independence: Andy Murray backs Yes campaign in eleventh hour decision
Laurie Lee's Rosie: What is it like to inspire a writer's work and be immortalised forever on the page?
Downton Abbey: Liam Neeson wants to be a stableman in period drama
The Walking Dead season 5 synopsis is full of spoilers and existential questions
Star Wars 7 leaked set photo of Adam Driver changes everything
Pharrell Williams says 'Blurred Lines' criticism is out of context
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter