Whose Side Are You On: J.K. Rowling vs. Steven Vander Ark…

Legendary author of the “Harry Potter” series, J.K. Rowling is set to battle in court against a die hard Harry Potter fan who plans on releasing a “Harry Potter Encyclopedia”. Rowling is set to testify Monday (that’s tomorrow) in court where she had her lawyers to arrange her a private security for Rowling in the courtroom to be away from die hard fans in attendance.

Rowling filed the lawsuit against the publisher of the “Harry Potter Lexicon” (the name of the Encylopedia) last year to stop them from publishing it. The author of the book is die hard Potter fan Steven Vander Ark. Rowling actually loves Vander Ark’s website that he runs himself: http://www.hp-lexicon.org/ but she draws the line of publishing it and charging $24.95 for the Encyclopedia.

Rowling wants to prove that this book is violating her copyrights and she is worried that the Encyclopedia will create a negative impact with Harry Potter fans:

The Associated Press Reports:

http://apnews.excite.com/article/20080413/D9012L9O0.html

I’m with Vander Ark on this one. This just shows how much of an egostitical and money grubbing woman that J.K. Rowling is, she doesn’t care about the fans, she only cares about herself and her own ego.

Vander Ark has every right to release this Encyclopedia.

Look at all these legendary movie franchises that has released Encyclopedias, everything from Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, the Terminator, James Bond, Lord of the Rings, etc. You can find those Encyclopedias everywhere in bookstores.

I don’t think you need permission from it’s original creator to do those movie Encyclopedias.There’s a 1st amendment in writing novels. If J.K. Rowling loves his website and has no problem with it, I don’t see what’s the big deal about a book. She has no case and nothing to prove. Vander Ark will win all the way.

Kev

 

0 thoughts on “Whose Side Are You On: J.K. Rowling vs. Steven Vander Ark…”

  1. Personally, I have lost a great deal of respect for Rowling since 2005. I feel that she has no room to talk about plaigerism since she has obviously “borrowed” ideas from Shakespeare, Tolkien, and many other nameless writers and refused to admit it. Also, she’s made statements in the past that shows that she cares very little for her fans unless they’re kissing her backside, and the Vander Ark trial only serves to strengthen this point of view. I say she needs to put on her big girl panties and deal with it.

    Oh, and by the way, I’ll always love the first five books of the series, but Books 6 and 7 blow boggart boogies! She was right when she said there would be fans who loathe them, because I certainly do!

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