View Full Version : Gaiman on Fair Use

04-24-2008, 04:19 PM

Weighing in on JK Rowling and Warners' lawsuit against a fan-compiled concordance of the Harry Potterverse, Neil Gaiman (whose first two books were unauthorized nonfiction and relied heavily on fair use) describes the creative importance of the freedom of rip each other off in fantasy lit:

04-24-2008, 04:40 PM
To be fair (ha) to Ms Rowling, there's a big difference between her ripping off LeGuin's young-student-goes-to-wizardry-school idea, and actually borrowing significant chunks of her work verbatim, fiction or not.

Mr Sci Fi
04-24-2008, 04:41 PM
I think the situation's a little different in Rowling's case though. The guy is blatantly publishing a book with "Harry Potter" in the title.