Harry Potter encyclopedia author sued by Rowling

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Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery, but it can also get you sued. Steven Vander Ark, who runs the Harry Potter Lexicon website, recently published an encyclopedia-type book based on the website. He's being sued by J.K. Rowling for copyright infringement.

Vander Ark, a former teacher, was talked into publishing the book by RDR Publishing after the last Harry Potter book was released. Smart man that he is, he included a clause in his contract that should a lawsuit occur, RDR would pay all legal fees and damages.

Rowling herself is a fan of the lexicon website, but says the book is tantamount to "stealing" 17 years of her work. Should RDR win this lawsuit, she says, authors will have to limit fans' creativity on the web.

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