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And the rich get richer.

A New York judge decided on Monday ruled in favor of J.K. Rowling.

The Harry Potter author won her claim that a fan violated her copyright with his intentions to publish a "Potter Encyclopedia."

According to judge Robert Patterson, he said that "Ms. Rowling had proven that Steven Vander Ark's Harry Potter Lexicon would cause her irreparable harm as a writer."

Vander Ark will no longer be able to publish his book. He still runs the Harry Potter Lexicon website, though.

Further details about the decision have yet to be released.

How do Harry Potter fans feel about this???

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78 comments to “Rowling Claims Victory”



  1. 1

    don't give two shits.



  2. 2

    go Rowling !!!!



  3. 3

    $7 WEEEEEE!



  4. 4

    And the rich get richer!



  5. 5

    i would rather that she wrote an encyclopedia herself, actually.



  6. 6

    as it should be! they're her characters



  7. 7

    Its HER creation, so if anyone should be making an encyclopedia it should be HER.



  8. 8

    Only J.K Rowling should publisch books from Harry Potter .. So I'll agree with her.. :)



  9. 9

    hooray for joanne rowling!! i'm so glad she won…she is the rightful owner and director of all that is harry potter. she virtually is harry potter - those wonderful stories that she created and everything that comes with them belong to her, and people shouldn't try and take away or manipulate and financially benefit from something that isn't theirs.



  10. 10

    fuck all those ugly trolls she created…



  11. 11

    First.



  12. 12

    perez you were totally awesome on mtv last night. Does the camera add ten pounds to just your head or what?



  13. 13

    Re: harrybalsac
    bitch you need to start a charity with all those gift cards….



  14. 14

    Rowling is an ugly fucking Trog.



  15. 15

    Re: abercorey – I want to be your matchmaker and hook you up with some hotties on here since Andy up and deserted you. What you think about Mattiaz?



  16. 16

    Re: rocket – I agree!



  17. 17

    Let her have it! And don't hate on her for it.
    Imagine if you had put your life's work into writing all these books…just for someone else to come out of the woodworks trying to profit from it!

    The fan should've written her management for permission FIRST!



  18. 18

    Re: Nurse Allison
    Where IS our resident hottie Andy??
    I miss you Andy!
    Come baaack!
    All of our good times…



  19. 19

    GOOD DECISION!
    .
    J.K.ROWLING DOES EVERYTHING FIRST RATE AND TO THE TASTES OF A ZILLION READERS (CHILDREN & ADULTS)
    .
    NO NEED TO HAVE AN INTERNET 'HANGER-ON' TRY TO BEAT HER TO THE PUNCH WITH HER OWN MATERIAL!
    .
    THEN WHEN HER VERY WELL DONE ENCYCLOPEDIA/LEXICON COMES OUT, IT IS OVERSATURATION AND SHE LOSES MONEY.
    .
    PLUS SOME DODO WITH NO INSPIRATION OF THEIR OWN, MAKES TONS OF DOUGH POACHING HER HARD WORK! NOT COOL!
    .
    YOU CAN SAY PEOPLE KNOW THE DIFFERENCE, BUT TRUST ME, ENOUGH WON'T TO ALLOW THIS SQUATTER TO MAKE A LOT OF MONEY THAT JK ROWLING SHOULD MAKE.
    .
    PLUS … HE IS ONLY GUESSING AT A LOT OF WHAT HE WOULD BE PUBLISHING. SHE MAY HAVE PLOT TWISTS TO SOME ITEMS IN THOSE BOOKS THAT WOULD SHED ADDITIONAL LIGHT ON PREVIOUS STORYLINES. I.E. DUMBLEDOOR BEING GAY.



  20. 20

    Re: harrybalsac – So, now you're being pathetic just like gayboy Andy refreshing Perez every second? So……fucking…..lame.



  21. 21

    Re: llllllllll – Absolutely agree with you.



  22. 22

    she kinda looks like a beotch!



  23. 23

    fuck harry potter fuck his sword and fuck that old dude and all those kiddies too…. oh yeah and FUCK that purple thing she's wearing as a dress. fuck



  24. 24

    It's her world, she created it, she should absolutely have rights about any book put out with her characters. As for the rich get richer, let's not forget she used to be quite poor, supporting her children.



  25. 25

    Re: JustSayin

    Agree completely! JKR worked hard to create what she created. It isn't fair for someone else to try to capitalize off of her success.



  26. 26

    This is really really good. She has been planning her own encyclopedia for ages, and who knows the past, present, and future of her characters better than her? And all of the profit from HER encyclopedia is probably going to charity; she's already said she doesn't need to make anymore money off of HP. The only reason Lexicon or whatever that is was planning on releasing one was for money, what other purpose would they have? JKR has every right to tell someone not to use her creation to make money.



  27. 27

    Booooooooo! JKR is whacked. She might as well sue Wikpedia as it has a "Harry Potter" wiki with exactly the same sort of information that HP encyc. would have. She also might as well shut down all the fanficiton sites plus that HP Lexicon site. Yeah, good going JKR. Booooooooo!



  28. 28

    HMM I DONT CARE ABOUT HARRY POTTER OR THAT BS BUT WOULDNT IT HAVE BEEN A BETTER BUSINESS DECISION TO GO AHEAD WITH THE BOOK AND SHE WOULD GET A PERCENTAGE SINCE SHE SEEMS LIKE A GREEDY BASTARD LOL…OOOPS caps…too late to go back now haha



  29. 29

    Re: Nurse Allison – don't be pimpin out abercorey on me. i'm in line after Andy. and I still think you and your husband are hot!



  30. 30

    nice …um…pose!



  31. 31

    Re: LordKain – If I want your opinion I'll beat out of you Lord Scat lover!



  32. 32

    I meant work together on the book so that she agrees its acurate. and since it her idea [the harry potter franchise] she could negotiate percentages…just a thought i dunno.



  33. 33

    is it just me or is the way she's holding that purse make her look like a guy taking a piss?



  34. 34

    Oh, MILFy! I had no idea she was so attractive.

  35. ISSA says – reply to this


    35

    What is Harry Potter???
    ?
    ?
    ?
    I'M CRAZY ABOUT TWILIGHT!!!
    !
    TWILIGHT!!!
    !
    TWILIGHT!!!
    !
    TWILIGHT!!!

    .
    .
    .
    I WANT TO SEE MORE…
    ROBERT PATTINSON!!!!
    MORE TWILIGHT…
    MORE ROBERT PATTINSON!!!
    MORE TWILIGHT…
    MORE ROBERT PATTINSON!!!
    MORE TWILIGHT…
    MORE ROBERT PATTINSON!!!
    MORE TWILIGHT…
    MORE ROBERT PATTINSON!!!
    MORE TWILIGHT…
    MORE ROBERT PATTINSON!!!



  36. 36

    I think this ruling sucks. JKR approved and lauded the site, but it’s info became harmful only after it was supposed to be published as a book. This should be no skin off JKR’s back, as the book she will/would write will sell BIG no matter the unofficial guides written before (and the proceeds would go to charity, blah blah). Also, it seems somewhat petty to turn on someone whose work she herself has admitted to use as search material for her own work (as in checking timelines etc). There already are a lot of unofficial Harry Potter related books, so what made this different? There is also ton of wizard rock bands that base their whole material of work on her characters, and they are allowed to SELL their albums. JKR is only mad because she knows this would have sold a lot. Some consistency about this would have been nice.



  37. 37

    what she should have done was make a deal with him to get a certain percentage of the profits…a potter encyclopedia isn't a half bad idea.

  38. ydur says – reply to this


    38

    FAIR! How is someone gonna publish a Potter Encyclopedia without giving her royalties?



  39. 39

    Re: ChrisInKy – Perez put up pic of Beckham, and a story about his big wee wee, and Andy told us he had to go get his booty call on or something like that.



  40. 40

    I'm glad for the decision. I hate people who leech off of other people's original work.



  41. 41

    Re: Nurse AllisonRe: Swimstud

    grrll….good lookin out!!! he iz cute…I almost said yes until I saw swimstud was here!!! lol



  42. 42

    Re: Swimstud – You're hot. And, my apologies. Of course your second runner up. In my opinion, you should be first. Go get that Abercorey. He needs to break free of Andy.



  43. 43

    Re: Nurse Allison – awh, thanks. Yeah, ur right. I want corey to myself, but a 3-way is good too. Hell, we'll just have an orgy at your next party.

  44. Dabid says – reply to this


    44

    There was nothing that said she couldn't still write an encyclopedia, which people could chose to buy. Why not both? Oh, it would cut into her profit margin.



  45. 45

    Serves him right. JKR is very lenient when it comes to letting other people use her work. Just look at the books Mugglenet and Leaky have published, so when JKR takes legal action, you know the person did something wrong.



  46. 46

    i think the ONLY authority on harry potter is jk rowling and no one else, no matter how much you think you know, knows more than her.

    personally, i would never buy anything harry potter if it wasn't written/approved by ms. rowling herself.



  47. 47

    It Definitly should ONLY be Rowling wirting Anything about Potter books even if it is only an Encyclopedia.



  48. 48

    Harry Potter belongs to J.K. Rowling. It's a shame they couldn't have worked in tandem on this.



  49. 49

    As an avid Harry Potter fan I am really disapointed in JK Rowling. She as always shown support for fansites (even giving this one an honorable mention!). I feel like she is selling out. Who cares if fans write a book? That is not going to stop true fans from buying her book too.



  50. 50

    Whoa, talk about milf

  51. china says – reply to this


    51

    good lord, please let her die from money raining down on her. should have happened to wankers in the past as well.
    was it necessary?



  52. 52

    we feel fucking ecstatic, Perez



  53. 53

    The HP fan in my is SOOO HAPPY :D
    J.K.R > God.



  54. 54

    It's her work, so it's her say. Having said that, she looks like an uptight twat in this photo.



  55. 55

    most harry potter fans are happy about it, but i am not. even though i am a fan of her, her rights were not infringed. he cited his source! UGH



  56. 56

    I'm on JK's side…and I thought she wanted to give the money to charity?…



  57. 57

    well here's a Harry Potter fan's opinion: JK is a goddess and whatever makes her unhappy must be sued uncontrolably
    bless her



  58. 58

    yay… i love ehr!…shes right…a potter encyclopedia should only be written by the potter author!…other wise the person could have something all wrong according to the creator aand it would already be out there



  59. 59

    Re: saritat – Her decision to file this lawsuit is completely justified if you've done your research. Jo Rowling has stated that she's only visited the Lexicon a few times and that it was a decent site, solely for the purpose that it serves as an ONLINE encyclopedia. And the reason why she's not again other companion books is that they actually add original ideas and theories to her story, they're not blatantly copying her work word-for-word with no credit to its creator. And same with Wizard Rock; it's like musical fan and it does not infringe copyright.



  60. 60

    I'm somewhat disappointed she turned vicious on what was likely almost her number one fan but I do think he was nervy to try to publish her copyrighted works, especially after every Potter fan knew she was going to do her own similar book. Honestly, fans would rather have an "official" book written by J.K. than one by a fan. Nobody knows more about the characters than the woman who made them up! A fan's book would never contain any more information than any other fan didn't already know.



  61. 61

    She has a copyright. Harry Potter and everything about him and his world is her creation and hers alone. What was this guy thinking? I've got copyrighted material. Let somebody get up my shit….I'd have my lawyers on them like white on rice. Team Rowling here.



  62. 62

    how is this making her richer??? if it got published, I bet she would have gotten proceeds from it..THAT would have made her richer. if she wanted an encyclopedia published, she should do it..otherwise, why should someone else make money off of it? HP is HER baby!



  63. 63

    Is she about to do something nasty with that Judith Lieber bag?



  64. 64

    Glad to hear!!! They are her ideas. No one should make money from them except her.



  65. 65

    She's had a lot of work done to her looks since she got famous! Lots of plastic surgery!

    Also, if someone else puts a piece of work out relating to a series of books you write, you would get royalties or at least some of the action from it.

    She doesn't have to be QUITE so rabidly insane about the money does she? When is enough ever enough for her?? She has enough money to take care of a small country single handedly for YEARS!



  66. 66

    My thoughts? Fan based encyclopedia will be full of stuff we already know and will probably not go to charity. JK's encyclopedia is supposed to have all sorts of info about characters, history and whatnot that she hasn't yet released.

    The property is legally owned by her and those in her contracts. Fans really should not be profiting off her work.



  67. 67

    I'm really fed up with J.K Rowling. I loved the series but feel she let the movies misportray the story. I refuse to buy any other books that she or anyone else writes in connection with the Harry Potter series.

  68. Jai says – reply to this


    68

    Harry Potter is her creation, she should control it.



  69. 69

    I'm going to be writing the "HAIRY POOPER" series and Perez is the main character.



  70. 70

    I think its bull Rowling is getting so greedy just like SMeyer.

  71. Saka says – reply to this


    71

    so

  72. Rynne says – reply to this


    72

    As a writer, I'm thrilled that a living author's work will be respected by the law. As a fan, I'm very pleased that we will be able to read a Harry Potter Encyclopedia by Rowling herself. :)



  73. 73

    Perez, i love your site but this is something you should really get you facts straight on, JK is NOT going to make money off of her encyclopedia, she is donating the proceeds to CHARITY! She said that Vander Ark's book would hurt sales of her encyclopedia which would take away money from a charity, which i believe is a good reason for her to have won this battle. She really is not being selfish at all and although she probably will make some profit off the encyclopedia, most of it will be helping people who truly need it.



  74. 74

    rowlings a money hungry idiot.



  75. 75

    I dont think that this is really fair. I remember when I was a big Harry Potter fan as a young teen and going to the Lexicon to get some type of answers to things that I didn't quite understand or that I missed. I thought it was a really thourough fun to visit site that even JK herself had contributed to and now they have become her enemy to the point of suing??? If Im not mistaken, the encyclopedia wouldve just taken all the info they had accumulated on their website and put it into book form. Im old as hell now so that website has to have been around for like 10 years. Why wait so long? Not fair to the little guy, this makes JK look ugly and neurotic.



  76. 76

    Bitch!!!



  77. 77

    Like her billions and billions weren't enough.
    I remember when she wasn't a bitch.
    She's just worried because besides the Potterverse she has NOTHING.



  78. 78

    Judges make mistakes—that's why there are appellate courts.

    JKR admitted Steve Van der Ark added value to her precious facts when she said that she referred to his site when she was writing her books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Steve—appeal, please!!!