As the guy behind 'PotterWar', all those years ago
Maybe I should claim that she's ripped off my name and is confusing people.
The child wizard is going online, come October, in what author JK Rowling promises will be a collaborative creation experience, not just an online game with social media attached. At first glance Pottermore looks like an online game: players (sorry, readers) will be able enrol at Hogwarts, then mix potions and cast spells to …
didn't El Reg run a story a few years ago, about companies being warned off ventures like this, as it would make allegations of plagarism much easier to substansiate.
Suppose a fan writes a short story, and a book/movie is later released which bears a passing similarity to that story ... it would be hard for the publishers to convince a court they had never seen the work in question, when it was posted on t'web for all to see for years ....
No 12 year old could match my wife's enthusiasm for Harry Potter. She has all seven books basically memorized. Trying to watch one of the movies with her is an exercise in frustration. She either rants about what they left out of the movie or says the lines right along with the characters.
The silver lining is that her enthusiasm for all thing Harry Potter has kept her from getting too deep into the world of sparkling vampires.
And what if your FB "friend" decides to post something *you* wrote (but haven't put on facebook) on *their* FB page. And it gets hoovered up and used to make a bestselling film ?
Currently, as far as I know, in *any* jurisdiction, you can't sell what you don't own.
There's a precedent for this in the US - the Pythons (Monty) took ABC? NBC? to court, because their contract with the BBC did NOT pass over their rights to the material, and allowed them totally control over it's formatting.
When the US got the shows they bastardised them by cutting for adverts, and bleeping words. The Pythons took them to court (and won) in a case which was a bit of a landmark.
Percy Weasley was reported in the second book lurking in his bedroom at home polishing his prefect badge. Talk about a chamber of secrets...
At the Triwizarding Yule Ball, several couples attempted to...
Harry gets lucky in the sixth book, using Horace Slughorn's luck potion... that's LUCK with an L...
NO indication as far as this reader is concerned that Dumbledore was gay, as apparently he was, but I thought he liked flirting with Madam Pomfrey, Professor McGonagall fancies Dumbledore - maybe the Pomfrey thing is to ward her off gently - and Hagrid's a bit keen on McGonagall. He'd crush her like dry macaroni of course.
Does Sony or Th_nk's involvement have a contribution as to why the site didn't work when it went live and didn't until early this morning? I tried for hours at lunchtime when it went live to register but the email form never became visible then the site stopped working
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