Go Jo!

I forgot, in my previous post, to write about this so-called encyclopaedia that Jo Rowling is possibly supposed to be thinking about maybe writing some day …

It appears that Steve Vander Ark had the idea to print out the Harry Potter Lexicon and sell it as a book. Jo, quite rightly, says:

It is not reasonable, or legal, for anybody, fan or otherwise, to take an author’s hard work, re-organize their characters and plots, and sell them for their own commercial gain. However much an individual claims to love somebody else’s work, it does not become theirs to sell.

Well said, Jo. What interests me is that a lawsuit has been ongoing because the printed lexicon would infringe on the encyclopaedia, for which Jo would donate the royalties to charity. I do hope this means that we will indeed get the encyclopaedia. Maybe sooner rather than later.

Full details of the legal proceedings are here. Personally i am quite amazed at Steve Vander Ark’s cheek in trying to get away with this!

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