Running Over Fair Use Like the Hogwarts Express?
Professor Lawrence Lessig, and Fair Use Project Executive Director Anthony Falzone are referenced in The Wall Street Journal Law Blog about the Harry Potter Lexicon case:
Warner and Rowling filed a lawsuit against RDR Books, a small publishing house in Michigan, over its plans to publish a print edition of The Harry Potter Lexicon website, a compendium of all things Harry that looks, well, rather daunting to neophytes like us. In December Stanford Law School’s Anthony Falzone — a former Bingham McCutchen litigator and the heir apparent to Lawrence Lessig’s Fair Use Project — agreed to help defend RDR Books against the suit.
... the NYT’s Joe Nocera, ... reported that Falzone filed RDR’s brief on Friday, ...“No one is saying that anyone can simply steal the work of others. But the law absolutely allows anyone to create something new based on someone else’s art. . . . it has long been true for writers, filmmakers and other artists. That’s what ‘fair use’ means.”