In a victory for "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling, a Michigan publisher has been blocked from publishing a lexicon listing characters, places, spells, creatures and other details from the world of the wildly popular boy wizard. Southern District of New York Judge Robert Patterson ruled Monday that the lexicon "appropriates too much of Rowling's creative work for its purposes as a reference guide." He permanently blocked publication and awarded Rowling and Warner Brothers statutory damages.
Judge Blocks Book That Takes 'Too Much' From 'Harry Potter'
New York Law Journal
September 9, 2008