Plagiarism Plagues Potter

By Katharine Swan On Wednesday, April 16, 2008 At 9:33 AM

I saw this headline today on NPR: J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, is suing over a Potter encyclopedia that is supposed to come out later this year. She says the encyclopedia sounds too much like her own words and doesn't contribute anything new, making it more or less just a rehashing of her books.

The story makes a big deal of how much of a fan the author of the encyclopedia is, but I agree with J.K. Rowling's spokesman: Fan worship doesn't excuse copyright infringement.


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Katharine Swan is a full-time freelance writer with more than 5 years of professional writing experience. In addition to maintaining several personal blogs, she writes a variety of online marketing materials for clients, including company blogs, articles, and press releases. In her free time, she spends time with her horse, reads, and writes fiction.

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