J.K. Rowling v. RDR Books: Harry Potter Reference Guide Not Protected by Fair Use

17 02 2009

Author: Matt Kellogg

The Lexicon originated from author Steven Vander Ark’s website, The Harry Potter Lexicon, an online reference for the fictional world of Harry Potter. Marketed by RDR as the first A-Z guide in print to incorporate Rowling’s seventh and final Harry Potter novel, The Lexicon drew heavily on the entire series as well as two short, encyclopedic companion books also written by Rowling. In compiling The Lexicon, Vander Ark culled, quoted, and closely paraphrased from all nine works, often with only sporadic attribution.


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