HARRY POTTER author J.K. ROWLING is facing a court appeal after a long-running battle with a fan who planned to publish an unauthorized guide to her wizard franchise.
Rowling and executives at Warner Bros – maker of the films and owner of intellectual property rights to the books – won legal proceedings against writer Steve Vander Ark and publisher RDR Books earlier this month (Sep08) after learning of their plans to release The Harry Potter Lexicon in a suit filed last year (07).
New York district court Judge Robert Patterson ruled in Rowling’s favor and banned the encyclopedia-style project’s release.
According to new reports, the men are expected to file a notice of appeal this week (beg15Sep08), dragging on the legal battle for publishing rights.
The writers have offered to revise the book and remove any offending or copyrighted passages, which Rowling has reportedly declined to agree upon.
Vander Ark says, “I’ve always been very much willing to work with (Rowling and Warner Bros) and try to see what can be done.”
As FanBolt went to press, representatives for Rowling could not be reached for comment.