Re: Rowling Sues Harry Potter Lexicon (Slashdot)
- From: Thom Madura <Tommadura@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 21:56:22 -0500
11/15/2007: Snape kills Trinity with Rosebud writes "Apparently famous authors don't like it if you try to make a buck using their imaginary property because J.K. Rowling is suing the publishers of the Harry Potter Lexicon for infringement. This should prove an interesting test case for fair use given that the lexicon contains mostly factual information about the series, not copies of the books' text.
1 - I take note of the word MOSTLY - which means that at least some of the content is copies of the text in the books.
2 - The text from the books is not the only thing that is copyrighted/trademarked - it includes the characters, the images from the books and movies, the "locations" made up by JKR (like Diagon Alley for instance) - and other things as well. All of these appear on the site and would infringe in the book.
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