Essays on Copyright in the USA - Warner Bros and J K Rowling versus RDR Books Case Study

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The paper "Copyright in the USA - Warner Bros and J K Rowling versus RDR Books" is a perfect example of a law case study. Copyright law is legislation that seeks to protect the original works of an individual, intellectual property, creative work or any other individual work from unauthorized use by third parties. Ideally, the copyright law holds that an individual should be able to benefit from his/ her works without being disadvantaged by other people who want to take advantage of his/ her works and use them for their own use (US Government 9).

Some of the instances whereby the copyright law comes in hand include: restricting the authorized production of music records (piracy), the authorized copying of parts of whole published works, the stealing of ingenious ideas e. g. the design of something amongst others. Copyright law protects a given work within a specific period of time owing to the fact that no one can own knowledge in eternity. The following paper will take a deep insight into the United States Copyright law, with a special focus on the copyright case of Warner Bros.

and J. K. Rowling versus RDR Books. 2.0 Background Information About the case Warner Bros. and J. K. Rowling versus RDR Books The Warner Bros. and J. K. Rowling versus RDR Books was a very famous case owing to the subject of contention. In the case development, the RDR books had attempted to publish a for-profit book which provides a guide to the Famous Harry Potter fiction by J. K. Rowling and based on The Harry Potter Lexicon, a website whose movies are directed by Warner Bros.

As a result of this, the Warner Bros. and J. K. Rowling sued RDR Books for an infringement of the copyright on Harry Potter’ s fiction (Patterson 1). According to Warner Bros. and J. K. Rowling, the proposed publication relied so much on Harry Potter’ s fiction, having numerous pages taken out from the original books, paraphrasing of several arguments in the original fiction, and characterizations which resembled those in the original fiction.

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