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No Fair Use: Rowling Wins Copyright Spat Over H.P. Lexicon

Publication Date: 
September 08, 2008
The Wall Street Journal Law Blog
Dan Slater

Lecturer in Law and Executive Director of the Fair Use Project Anthony Falzone and Professor Lawrence Lessig are mentioned in a Wall Street Journal Law Blog post about the U.S. District Judge Robert Patterson's decision about the Harry Potter Lexicon case:

Just in: After four months of deliberating, Judge Robert Patterson has ruled that the H.P. Lexicon infringes J.K. Rowling’s copyright in the Harry Potter series.


The suit, filed late last year against RDR Books, an independent publishing house in Michigan, alleged that plans by Michigan-based publisher RDR to publish a print edition of the Harry Potter Lexicon, a Web site that serves as a rather daunting compendium of all things Harry, violated Warner and Rowling’s copyright and takes away the future market for a similar compendium that Rowling plans to write.


David Hammer, a solo practitioner in Manhattan, took the lead for RDR. He got help from Stanford Law School’s Anthony Falzone — a former Bingham McCutcheon litigator and the heir apparent to Lawrence Lessig’s Fair Use Project and Lizbeth Hasse, of San Francisco’s Creative Industry Law Group.