Rowling Ruling Offers Few Surprises For Copyright Law

Law360, New York (September 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In his ruling last week that the publication of a book called “The Lexicon” would infringe J.K. Rowling’s copyright in the Harry Potter series, Judge Patterson of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York made the seemingly paradoxical statement that “While The Lexicon, in its current state, is not a fair use of the Harry Potter works, reference works that share The Lexicon’s purpose of aiding readers of literature generally should be encouraged rather than stifled."

Judge Patterson was seemingly suggesting that...
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