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Law Prof. Duels J.K. Rowling

Publication Date: 
April 23, 2008
The Stanford Daily
Jordan Chazin

Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of the Fair Use Project Anthony Falzone is quoted and visiting Professor Jennifer Urban is mentioned in a Stanford Daily article about a copyright lawsuit brought by J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros. against the publisher of a Harry Potter reference guide.:

Falzone told The Daily that, “for hundreds of years people have been free to write dictionaries and supplementary materials free of restraint.”

“Rowling’s books,” he said, “have already sold hundreds of millions of copies.”

RDR Books, he said, was of the mindset that a dictionary of Potter terms would in no way encroach upon the sales of the Harry Potter book series.

In the trial’s closing arguments, Falzone said that under the law, the most important thing to consider was not the quality of the book but whether it transformed Rowling’s material in some way.


In the meantime, Falzone assures he is no Death Eater out to get Rowling. Though the lawyer had never read a Harry Potter book before the trial, when he took the case he decided to read the first book of the series and see two of the movies, which he described as “absolutely charming.”