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Stanford Law Enters Fray over Harry Potter Guide

Publication Date: 
December 04, 2007
Source: 
Associated Press

The Associated Press ran a story about the Fair Use Project's announcement that they have signed on to help defend RDR Books from a lawsuit filed by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros.:

A group of crusading intellectual property lawyers at Stanford Law School say they will help defend a small publishing house being sued by author J.K. Rowling over its plan to print an unauthorized companion guide to her Harry Potter novels.

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Fair Use Project Executive Director Anthony Falzone said the lexicon is protected by U.S. rules that have long given people "the right to create reference guides that discuss literary works, comment on them and make them more accessible."

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The Center for Internet and Society was founded by Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig. Its clients have included film documentarians, a Stanford scholar who battled with the James Joyce estate over her 2003 book about "Finnegans Wake" and the musician Brian Transeau.