Monday, April 21, 2008

Muggle Monday's

The Trial
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling was recently in a legal battle against a publisher who's trying to put out an encyclopedia based on the Potter universe called “The Harry Potter Lexicon." Rowling and Warner Brothers have stepped in to object, stating that unlike the online fan sites, the new book is basically seeking to make money from Rowling's work.

So what happened when the judge ruled?
Judge Patterson removed his glasses and addressed the court. “I’m concerned that this case is more lawyer-driven than it is client-driven,” he lamented. “The fair use people are on one side, and a large company is on the other side. . . . The parties ought to see if there’s not a way to work this out, because there are strong issues in this case and it could come out one way or the other. The fair use doctrine is not clear.”

Warner Brothers Released this statement: "A fan's affectionate enthusiasm should not obscure acts of plagiarism. The publishers knew what they were doing. The problem remains that the Lexicon takes an enormous amount of Ms. Rowling's work and adds virtually no original commentary of its own. As we've said in court, it takes too much and adds too little. Authors have a duty to prevent the exploitation of their works by people who contribute nothing original, creative or interpretive."

Obviously Warner Brothers is still backing JK Rowling up 100% - as am I!
Thanks for the updates MuggleNet!

Rupert vs Lindsay
Ok, I thought this was too funn not to post (thanks Perez Hilton! and Stephanie for the tip)
British actor Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley) won't be moving to LA anytime soon because he 'can’t be bothered with airhead actresses'.
According to Rupe, he met Lindsay Lohan last summer and wasn't impressed as, "she talked about herself a lot." Grint went on to recall that, "She (La Lohan) said she was going to win an Oscar before she turns 25. I just kept thinking, ‘But you can’t act’.”
It's getting heated up in here!!!
Tell it like it is, Rupert!
Thanks Perez Hilton!

Emma Watson
How could I forget this one?? Last Monday, Emma turned 18!!! Happy belated birthday Emma!! She now has full access to her $20 mil HP fortune!
Also in recent news... she has a new movie in the works - According to an article from Reuters, Emma Watson has been chosen to take over a role originally slated for actress Scarlett Johansson, because of her age:Watson, 18, will play Betsy Balcombe, a young, impetuous noblewoman trapped on the isolated British island of St. Helena who falls in love with Napoleon, who has been exiled there.The film, titled Napoleon and Betsy, is scheduled for release some time in 2009. (thanks muggle net!)

Countdown Update
213 Days!!!!

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

I love Muggle Mondays :)

Can't wait for the movie!