J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling

Update: JKR arrives for court in NYC

Published April 14, 2008 at 11:48 AM
by Geri
from HPANA (via Various)

Over the past few months we informed you of the legal case that Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, has brought against author Steve Vander Ark (Harry Potter Lexicon) and his publisher RDR Books. Ms. Rowling claims the book violates her intellectual property rights and is contesting its publication.

Rowling arrivedopens in new window at the courthouse in New York City earlier this morning and the proceedings are currently taking place before Judge Robert P. Patterson without a jury. You can read additional information on the case hereopens in new window and hereopens in new window.

Pictures from her arrival can be seen hereopens in new window.

A recap of today's event can be located hereopens in new window, thanks Amy.

UPDATE: Ms. Rowling issued the following statement:off, which you can view hereopens in new window courtesy of the BBC via MNopens in new window.

: today:

It gives me no pleasure to take legal action, but I am here today because I feel very strongly about an important issue that affects everyone and not just me. If books that plagiarise other works are permitted, authors, fans and readers stand to lose. There are lots of books in many languages that comment on or criticize Harry Potter, and that's fine. But the book in this case is different. It provides no analysis and virtually no commentary. It takes far too much and it offers precious little in return. I would just like to add that I am extremely grateful for the incredible support of Harry Potter fans everywhere.

UPDATE II: You can also read an additional recapopens in new window of todays events courtesy of TLC.

We will continue to update everyone with the events of the court case as we learn them.

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