I just read on GalleyCat that some prime legal minds will be representing RDR in the defense of the Rowling copyright infringement lawsuit. If you aren’t up to date on this, the facts, briefly, shake out as follows:
- Harry Potter Lexicon site starts up in 2000
- Promotes Pottermania and is used by Rowling and Warner to promote Potter related stuff
- Lexicon decides to publish book on Rowling stuff
- Rowling files suit
- Fandom is angry at RDR (Jane owes Random big post and will do so soon)
- Jane looks up suit on Pacer and sees that RDR is a tiny company that is not well situated for a protracted legal battle with Rowling. Worries.
The RDR legal team now looks like this:
- Lead Counsel: Ex-federal prosecutor David Hammer
- Anthony Falzone, Stanford University’s Fair Use Project executive director.
- Julie Ahrens, Stanford University’s Fair Use Project associate director
- Lawrence Lessig, the author of Free Culture
I so hope that this goes to trial and is not settled because the legal precedence of this case could be vitally important to the measurement free use v. copyright.