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Monday Morning JETLawg

On October 18, 2010 By

In the news. . .

Film companies threaten copyright infringement lawsuits against PETA over the animal rights group’s repeated unauthorized use of film clips in their advertising campaigns.

British judge refuses to dismiss plagiarism lawsuit against J.K. Rowling, stating plaintiff claiming Rowling stole ideas for “Harry Potter” from obscure fantasy book […]

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Harry Potter vs. Willy the Wizard: U.S. Edition

On July 16, 2010 By

Forget Voldemort — Harry Potter has a new nemesis to contend with. Unfortunately for Harry, neither magic nor help from Hermione Granger will help him win this legal fight. As a sequel to the pending suits against the British publisher of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, the Estate of Adrian Jacobs […]

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Will the iPad Kill the Publishing Star?

On May 18, 2010 By

The advent of new technology almost inevitably brings pronouncements of existing technology’s death. We have all heard that “Video Killed the Radio Star,” Napster killed the recording industry, and DVRs are killing advertising. Now add to this mix, a new murderer: Apple’s iPad.

One of the many features touted […]

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Harry Potter and the Resurrected Lexicon

On December 9, 2008 By

Harry Potter’s battle against Voldemort lasted for seven years, and sometimes it seems as if the battle over his Lexicon will take just as long. After RDR Books, publishers of the Harry Potter Lexicon, lost a copyright infringement action brought by JK Rowling and Warner Brothers (the decision is detailed in our blog post […]

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Just two weeks after JK Rowling won a copyright infringement suit against RDR books, a court in Delhi, India, in a totally separate case, has given the greenlight to Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors.

Warner Brothers, which owns the rights to the Harry Potter franchise, claimed […]

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Harry Potter and the Neverending Copyright Case

On September 15, 2008 By

On Friday, I speculated here at JETLawBlog about whether RDR Books would appeal Judge Patterson’s decision against them, particularly if they consider editing The Lexicon first. After all, the detailed decision made it very clear what parts of the Lexicon are particularly problematic when it comes to unlawful use of J.K. Rowling’s work.

It […]

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After nearly five months of speculation from fans, bloggers, and legal scholars alike, a New York judge handed down a verdict in favor of J.K. Rowling (and Warner Brothers, holders of the film rights in her books) in the controversial copyright case involving “The Harry Potter Lexicon,” a fan-website-turned-unauthorized-reference-book. As our blog mentioned a […]

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Redefining Fair Use and Copyright Law?

On September 10, 2008 By

Yesterday afternoon Judge Patterson of the Southern District of New York ruled that Steven Vander Ark’s “Harry Potter Lexicon,” an encyclopedia intended to chronicle the famous Harry Potter series, infringed on J.K. Rowling’s copyright for the series. The Harry Potter Lexicon began as a fan website dedicated to serving as “the ultimate Harry Potter […]

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