Harry Potter, Inc., vs. fan guides

“There is a necessary and healthy line between what the initial author owns and what follow-on, or ‘secondary,’ authors get to do, and [author J.K.] Rowling is running over that line like the Hogwarts Express.” With mention of Judge Posner’s 2002 Beanie Baby decision (Tim Wu, “J.K. Rowling’s Dark Mark”, Slate, Jan. 10).


  • I did some reading around and found this and this. It seems that Ms Rowling has a better case than Mr Wu lets on.

  • From what I understand, the secondary “author” didn’t actually create any part of the book. They simply set up a wiki-style website that others submitted articles to. I’m not sure what that will do to their position in this case, but if they prevail I would be willing to bet there will be a follow-up lawsuit by the contributors.