The Harry Potter news just keeps on coming! Author J.K. Rowling has won her copyright infringement case against a fan who planned to publish a Harry Potter encyclopedia. The court found that his use of Rowling’s material did not fall within the bounds of the fair use doctrine. The encyclopedia has been permanently blocked from release and Rowling will get $6,750 in damages to add to her billion-dollar fortune.
Judge Robert P. Patterson of Federal District Court said Ms. Rowling had proved that Steven Vander Ark’s “Harry Potter Lexicon” would cause her irreparable harm as a writer…
Ms. Rowling sued RDR Books last year to stop publication of material from the Harry Potter Lexicon Web site. Mr. Vander Ark, a former school librarian, runs the site, which is a guide to the seven Potter books and includes detailed descriptions of characters, creatures, spells and potions.
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