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Rowling vs. Daily News

by on Jun.19, 2003, under General News

J.K. Rowling, author of the highly-anticipated Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and her U.S. publisher Scholastic Inc. have filed suit against New York’s Daily News after the newspaper posted excerpts of the book, having supposedly obtained a copy from a health food store in Brooklyn that put copies out Wednesday. Bookstores are forbidden from letting the book out before midnight Friday night. Apparently the DN even reproduced two pages of the book – with legible text. I’m pretty sure they can’t do that regardless…I’m also surprised with the claim that it “…harmed Scholastic’s $3 million worldwide marketing campaign.” Not that it was harmed, but that they’ve only spent $3 million…



1 Comment for this entry

  • Anonymous Coward

    Could Rowling make herself any more odious?

    Bookstores are forbidden from letting the book out before midnight Friday night.

    But that contract doesn’t affect the Daily News.

    The *only* case she has is the two repdroduced pages. Which seems very odd … why did the paper do this? It ought to fall under the category of `fair use’, but even so, you’d think that the editor of the paper would have nixed the two pages.

    Scholastic said it hoped “this unfortunate situation will not spoil the surprise for millions of children around the country who have been eagerly awaiting the book.”

    s/surprise for millions of children/massive profits for Scholastic and Rowling/