Posted by: Nar Williams | September 15, 2008

Judge rules for Rowling in plagiarism case

Previously, on AchieveNerdvana. JK Rowling and Warner Brothers went to court to stop the publication of an unauthorized “lexicon” of the Harry Potter books which allegedly copied much of Rowling’s work word-for-word, compiled by a well-respected Harry Potter fan named Steve Vander Ark. As the battle dragged on in court, the Harry Potter fandom was bitterly divided on who to support: a fellow fan or the creator of their beloved novels.

And now, a verdict. The judge has ruled in favor of Rowling and Warner Brothers.

Rowling’s official statement:

I took no pleasure at all in bringing legal action and am delighted that this issue has been resolved favourably. I went to court to uphold the right of authors everywhere to protect their own original work. The court has upheld that right. The proposed book took an enormous amount of my work and added virtually no original commentary of its own. Now the court has ordered that it must not be published. Many books have been published which offer original insights into the world of Harry Potter. The Lexicon just is not one of them.

Vander Ark, via the Grand Rapids Press:

I’ve always been a fan of Harry Potter and of Rowling and my hope all along was that we’d find an amicable way to settle this. I’m disappointed, but this is the way it went and I don’t hold any ill will at all. It was a question of law over a difference of opinion and, in a way, I’m glad that it’s finally over.

Vander Ark also mentioned that he is now working on a different Harry Potter-related book. May we hope that he has learned from this experience?


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