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J.K. Rowling, drop your lawsuit

Posted by Jan Gardner  April 16, 2008 09:31 AM

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I usually leave it to others to comment on the Harry Potter empire but I can't keep quiet on J.K. Rowling's lawsuit and her attempt to restrain trade in the marketplace of ideas that is the publishing business.

I wonder how many fans are losing respect for her because she is trying to prevent the publication of a Potter encyclopedia. She's been talking about writing her own for years and there she was close to tears on the witness stand Monday saying that the upset of this lawsuit is interfering with her creativity. I hope she drops the lawsuit and gets to work.

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  1. (clap, clap, clap) I completely agree. She could make such a positive experience out of this for her fans, for the HP legacy and for herself but she's not. This whole lawsuit disgusts me. Not doing it for the money my *!&#. That is the most disingenuous argument I've heard. Her fame has turned her into a selfish whiner, behavior which is appalling considering the moral lessons embedded in her own writing. I could list examples of authors who would and do welcome these kind of enthusiastic contributions but why bother. I'm wasting my own time writing about it if it weren't for the fact that I too am saddened by the lawsuit over what basically amounts to reference material that is useless without the work she created and already owns. She needs to grow up already.

    Posted by wallace April 16, 08 04:58 PM
 
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