"ZOMG! This isn't Star Wars!" No, but I figured this was an interesting issue for discussion here, given what we do in our spare time (and during class...). [link=http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/14/books/14cnd-rowling.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin]Here's the New York Times article[/link]. In a nutshell, a fan created a Harry Potter lexicon on his website and now wants to publish it for money. Main issues on Rowling's side are: (1) she wants to make her own encyclopedia, which could take 10 years, but she says she'll donate the $ to charity (2) the encyclopedia is just a rehashing of her work, with nothing new added - blatant copyright infringement (3) she's a writer, and she's concerned about her characters Main issues on the fan's side are: (1) the lexicon includes original work - commentaries, analysis, etc etc etc (2) Fair use! Literary commentary! My initial thoughts: (1) If anyone ever tried to publish the "Earth Words and Their Equivalent" thread as a book, you bet your sweet ass LFL would slap a lawsuit on that person's head. How about Wookieepedia? (2) I can't wait to see what kind of original commentary is revealed during these proceedings. I have to say, though, the one thing that really bothered me was this line: Ms. Rowling has generally encouraged the work of her fans, even handing out awards to fan Web sites and acknowledging that on occasion she herself has used Mr. Vander Ark?s Web site to jog her memory while writing. What? I don't know about anyone else, but I would NOT rely on a fan's website to provide me with information for my books. Who knows what he's been misconstruing?