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One Opinion on the Lexicon Decision

It's a fair bet that Steven Jan Vander Ark was not such a great crafter of term papers back in grade school.

We all remember the drill: A paper of X pages in length is assigned, on. let's say, the French Revolution or the Peloponnesian Wars. All decamp to library shelves to find the Encyclopedia Britannica, whereupon some students cut and paste passages in bulk without a tweak, while others practice a more punctuated and selective form of copying.

Vander Ark is not such a great term-paper writer, according to a 75-page decision issued on Monday afternoon by Judge David Patterson of the Federal District Court in Manhattan. Column from Portfolio by Karen Donovan.

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Judge Blocks the Potter Lexicon


News today that a ruling has been made in favor of author J.K. Rowling in her copyright infringement lawsuit against fan, Web site operator and former librarian, Steven VanderArk, who was set to publish a Potter encyclopedia. The judge found that the lexicon "appropriates too much of Rowling's creative work for its purposes as a reference guide."

U.S. District Judge Robert P. Patterson said Rowling had proven that Vander Ark's "Harry Potter Lexicon" would cause her irreparable harm as a writer. He permanently blocked publication of the reference guide and awarded Rowling and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. $6,750 in statutory damages.

From the Muskegon Chronical, the would-be Lexicon publishers response to the ruling. Says Roger Rapoport of RDR Books: "We are encouraged by the fact the Court recognized that as a general matter authors do not have the right to stop the publication of reference guides and companion books about literary works. As for the Lexicon, we are obviously disappointed with the result, and RDR is considering all of its options."

Israel cracks down on Arabic Harry Potter

Harry Potter and Pinocchio are apparently not welcome in Israel, at least in their Arabic translations imported from Syria and Lebanon.

Arab-Israeli publisher Salah Abassi told Israeli public radio on Monday that authorities ordered him to stop importing Arabic-language children's books from the two longtime foes of Israel.

The ban includes translations of such books as Pinocchio and Harry Potter as well as Arabic classics.

Rowling Addresses Harvard

Want to hear J. K. Rowling tell about the value of failure?

Harvard Magazine has a video of her speech given at the annual meeting of the alumni association. Rowling admits to being a nervous wreck about speaking at Harvard.

Did the Boy Wizard Cause This Library Worker To Lose Her Job?

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - A Poplar Bluff woman refused to attend a work related party, and claims the fallout forced her to quit her library job. Now she's filed a lawsuit in federal court.

Deborah Smith tells Heartland News she didn't want to work at a library sponsored Harry Potter book party, because she feels the contents of the wizard series go against her personal religious beliefs.

Smith claims she was suspended for ten days without pay, and says her work duties changed when she returned to the library. Smith quit her job and started the legal battle for her rights. Story here.

HP - The Prequel

HP - The Prequel
But you may not get to read it.
"JK Rowling has written a secret prequel to the Harry Potter series which is to be sold at auction next month to raise money for charity.
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Her Potter prequel, which will not be published, comes almost a year after the last book in the boy-wizard series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, hit the shelves.
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ACLU files suit in Poplar Bluff 'Harry Potter' librarian case

ACLU files suit in Poplar Bluff 'Harry Potter' librarian case: The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri announced today via news release that it has filed a suit on behalf of a part-time librarian in Poplar Bluff, Mo., who was disciplined after she objected to participating in the promotion of a "Harry Potter" book.

The employee had religious objections to the promotion, "which she believed encouraged children to worship the occult," according to the news release.

Gods, Prophets and Outcasts...Another Harry Potter Tale

Insight and analysis into the fan feud between J. K. Rowling and HP Lexicon author, Steven Vander Ark from The New Yorker.

Add into the mix, Melissa Anelli, webmistress of "The Leaky Cauldron" who has won the approval of author Rowling. Says Vander Ark: “Melissa has done more to hurt me than Rowling. I can’t blame her for liking her status.” After all, he said, Rowling “is God and Melissa is her prophet.” He went on, “I am an outcast now. But I still consider myself a ‘Harry Potter’ fan.”

Still waiting for the judgment from the trial...

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