- Posted by Johanna on April 18, 2008 at 11:56 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
You may have heard about the JK Rowling lawsuit, where she’s suing a fan writer for creating a book about her works. From the Techdirt writeup:
… closing testimony from the lawyer representing Warner Brothers (who owns the Harry Potter IP rights), claiming that the real harm was that the Harry Potter Lexicon gives away spoilers and that people might say: “You know what? I guess I don’t really need the rest of the Harry Potter books because I just read the big giveaways.”
Warner Brothers also owns DC Comics, who’s made a big deal in recent years about selling comics to people so they can find out what happens next. Does this mean they’re going after Spoilt! (which I created but am no longer associated with)? I doubt it — the case is really about encroaching corporate control of ideas, such that they think anything written about what they publish also belongs to them, whether fanfic or encyclopedia. And of course, money. They don’t want the competition.