J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling

Update: Judge in Rowling case urges settlement again; JKR issues statement

  April 16, 2008 at 1:44 PM ET
  Geri     HPANA (via MSNBC.com)
  jk rowling, jkr, jo rowling, harry potter author, hp author, warners bros, rdr books

During today's court proceedings in New York between RDR Books and Warner Bros. and Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, the judge once again urgedopens in new window a settlement amongst the parties involved. Judge Robert P. Patterson stated that "...this case, with imagination, could be settled."

While both sides have settledopens in new window some sections of the suit, they still appear to be resolved in continuing.

Ethan Horwitz, an IP expert had this to sayopens in new window on the case. While in this articleopens in new window Andy Martin, Executive Editor of ContrarianCommentary.com calls JKR a "psychotic egomaniac."

Today (Wednesday) was the last day of the trial, all parties are awaiting the Judge's decision once all legal documents have been filed.

UPDATE: Statement by J.K. Rowling regarding today's legal proceedings against RDR Books:

The book at the heart of this case has overstepped a boundary so unreasonably that I have been forced, regretfully, to take legal action. Authors have a right to protect their works from misuse. Do I have fewer rights because many people read my books? If this book is published, it will open the floodgates for anyone to lift an author's work and present it as their own. But if it is not published, that will be a boon not only to all who create original works, but to all who enjoy those works.

UPDATE II: Ms. Rowling returned to the stand today where she saidopens in new window she was "vehemently anti-censorship" but that Steven Vander Ark had "plundered" her work for his book.

UPDATE III: A recap of today's events can be found hereopens in new window with additional information hereopens in new window.


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