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Harry Potter and the Lingering Legal Opinion

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Or something like that.

A judge has ruled in favor of J. K. Rowling in her suit to bar publication of The Harry Potter Lexicon. IP attorney C. E. Petit has an explanation of some points of the ruling in his blog.

I'm still in the "if you're going to make money off of it, you'd better get permission" camp. I'm no attorney (and I don't play one on TV), but it seems to me that the right thing to do is to get permissions and possibly make monetary arrangements with the copyright holder before producing a lexicon, concordance, A-Z reference, whatever. Commentary, IMO, is a different matter, but it's a slippery slope and I'd want my publisher's legal department to vet any book I happen to produce in that area.

Oh, wait. I did that.

Now, move your beverages FAR away from the keyboard before you see this. Scroll to the bottom.

And with that, I'm going to go retire to the living room to watch The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

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