November 20, 2017

Book News: RDR Drops Potter Appeal; Releasing Revamped Lexicon

  • The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials coming in January
  • Book has “new focus and purpose, mindful of the guidelines of the court”
  • Rowling pleased that “matter is finally and favorably resolved”

RDR Books has dropped its appeal of U.S. District Court Judge Robert Patterson’s September 8 ruling that blocked it from publishing Steven Vander Ark’s The Harry Potter Lexicon, and has announced it will release a revamped 400-page version of the book entitled The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials in January. Patterson’s ruling stated that the Lexicon constituted infringement “in its current state,” implying that a revised volume would pass legal muster.

Vander Ark said he emerged from the trial with a clear vision of what such a volume could be and set about removing the offending materials and adding missing commentary and analysis that was a sore point in the original incarnation. “This new and different book has a new focus and purpose, mindful of the guidelines of the court,” RDR stated on its homepage.

“We are delighted that this matter is finally and favorably resolved and that J.K. Rowling’s rights—and indeed the rights of all authors of creative works—have been protected,” Rowling’s attorney, Neil Blair, told the press. “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.”

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Library Journal Senior Editor Liz French edits nonfiction and women's fiction reviews at LJ and also compiles the "What We're Reading" and "Classic Returns" columns for LJ online. She's inordinately interested in what you're reading as well. Email: efrench@mediasourceinc.com, Twitter: @lizefrench

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