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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Marilyn Church. [J. K. Rowling], 2008. Colored pencil and water-soluble crayon on ochre paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (113.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51161 © Marilyn Church
Gift of the family of Marilyn Church
Federal Supplement Reporter, 2d Series. Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and J.K. Rowling v. RDR, St. Paul: West Group, 2008. (114.00.00)

J. K. Rowling and The Harry Potter Lexicon

J. K. Rowling's successful Harry Potter books led to an explosion of fan-based web sites, including Stephen Vander Ark's The Harry Potter Lexicon. In 2008, Rowling sat impassively in court as Vander Ark sobbed on the witness stand. Rowling and Warner Brothers had sued Vander Ark after RDR Books published the print version of his popular Web site. Judge Robert P. Patterson had to balance fair use against copyright infringement in Warner Brothers and J. K. Rowling v. RDR Books, 575 F.Supp.2d 513 (2008). Behind Rowling is an unidentified man, lawyer for RDR Books David Hammer, and Rowling's lawyer Dale Cendali. Publication of the book was blocked, as shown in the court order on display, but RDR later released a version which omitted the infringed material.

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