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JKR/WB vs RDR Books Trial: RDR Books Withdraws Appeal

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Posted by: Edward
December 04, 2008, 04:45 PM

An update comes today regarding the ongoing JKR/WB vs. RDR Books trial.  Publisher RDR Books voluntarily withdrew its appeal in the RDR Books vs. WB/JKR case concerning the publication of an unauthorized Harry Potter encyclopedia.  The publisher is working on releasing a version of the book in question that complies with the judge's ruling, which indicated that the original book copied heavily from the Harry Potter books. There was no settlement in the case.

The Christopher Little Agency released the following statement today:

"We are delighted that this matter is finally and favourably resolved and that J.K. Rowling's rights  -- and indeed the rights of all authors of creative works -- have been protected.  We are also pleased to hear that rather than continue to litigate, RDR have themselves decided to publish a different book prepared with reference to Judge Patterson's decision."
Complete trial coverage from Leaky can be found via this link.

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That’s $15 on top of the $24.95. For a total of $39.95. And is that paperback or hardcover? It doesn’t say.

Posted by davidenglish on December 04, 2008, 09:52 PM report to moderator

It’s all they had to do in the first place.

Posted by harrysjulie on December 04, 2008, 09:56 PM report to moderator

No, they’re not charging anything for an autograph. The price hasn’t been announced yet, actually.

Posted by Steve on December 04, 2008, 10:01 PM report to moderator

Awesomepants. Appealing would have been stupid and wasted money, and I’m SUPS excited that they are going to be releasing a book, but one that complies with what the judge says. After all, the HPL is a great place, and SVA is a great guy, so I’d love to read a published work from the HPL – just not the HPL published, if you understand me.

Posted by Bobby on December 04, 2008, 10:13 PM report to moderator

Sorry, Steve, but I’m looking at the google cached book page for the autographed Lexicon right now. The extra $15 gets you a signature and helps to pay down all those legal bills that RDR Books rang up for being too stubborn to rewrite the infringing book in the first place.

Posted by davidenglish on December 04, 2008, 10:29 PM report to moderator

Sorry Sophie, there’s too much damage that has already been done in many camp’s. I’m not forgiving The Cauldron anytime soon for their conflict of interest on this matter, as I have reflected that opinion on Facebook. Personally I’ve moved on, the Potter fandom just isn’t what it used to be, it’s a shame to say, but all things must pass.

Posted by Matt on December 04, 2008, 10:29 PM report to moderator

My hard earned money WON’T be going to pay of Steve’s legal bills. He brought this on himself. I will wait patiently for Jo’s book. Congrat’s Jo!!!

Posted by luciusgal on December 04, 2008, 10:45 PM report to moderator

Very, very simply.. Congratulations Jo.

Posted by Dawn on December 04, 2008, 10:58 PM report to moderator
Brenda AKA BKool

This is GREAT! I love it. Right on to J.K. Rowling and writers past, present and future!

Posted by Brenda AKA BKool on December 04, 2008, 11:02 PM report to moderator

lol…They should’ve done that in the first place.

Posted by mollywobbles23 on December 04, 2008, 11:45 PM report to moderator

I think this is a win/win for the fandom. Steve and RDR can rewrite the book, and hopefully, it meets the standards assigned to it. As others have said, if the book had been written well in the first place, this mess could have been avoided.

Obviously a lot of feelings have been hurt and some friendships have been broken because of this case. It’s really too bad it caused such a massive rift in the fandom.

Posted by mollywobble on December 04, 2008, 11:49 PM report to moderator

No, they’re not charging anything for an autograph. The price hasn’t been announced yet, actually.

Posted by Steve on December 04, 2008, 10:01 PM
Huh? Another untruth? For shame! First we get an announcement that was quickly yanked by one can only assume is RDR, hawking this “new trade paperback book” for $24.95, cached page can be found here:

And then the pièce de résistance:

The Lexicon (autographed first edition)

The cached page can be found here:

Not that I’ll buy either of them.

Posted by Cara on December 05, 2008, 12:12 AM report to moderator

So…let me get this straight. He changes the book to comply and you still tear him down? Nice, guys. He wasn’t a defendant. Yes, he had a choice in attempting the publish the book, but was told that it would be ok, he may have made what in hindsight is a poor decision, but he can’t change that.
If I recall correctly many people said “I’d support him if he changed the book!” and he did and now you still harp on him, and tear him apart. Way to be mature and take the high road. For those shouting about untruths I wouldn’t be throwing stones in that nice glass house you have there.

Posted by Lauren on December 05, 2008, 01:05 AM report to moderator

@ Lauren: Puh-leeze!!!

He was a player. He’s a big boy and he knew exactly what he was doing which is why he got himself indemnified from being a party to this lawsuit. That’s why he wasn’t named as a Defendant. He can’t change what’s happened, you’re absolutely right about that, nor will he be able to change a lot of people’s harsh opinions of him either. Here’s the thing though. He could have put a stop to this MONTHS ago, and didn’t.

I never said I was nice or played well with others, either, or that I’d ever support him in any endeavor, much less in actually writing the book so that it didn’t steal another person’s work.

As for untruths, well, really, if that WAS Steve then yeah, he denied something that was proven untrue. Those cached pages come from RDR Books online store, the publisher for the now lawful version of the Lexicon.

Posted by Cara on December 05, 2008, 01:33 AM report to moderator

I can guarantee you that there is no plan to charge $15 extra for an autographed copy. There is also no finalised press release, for that matter, and I would know. So whatever you have there isn’t the real thing — maybe it’s an early draft or something, But I can promise you that there is NO plan to sell autographed copies that way.

Posted by Steve on December 05, 2008, 01:42 AM report to moderator
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