Friday, November 30, 2007

Rowling gives OK for online Potter sequels

IT'S OK: JK Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter series, has given fans the ok to write their own continuing adventures of the boy wizard.

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has given fans permission to write sequels to the hugely successful boy-wizard books, picking up the action after the series final installment, The Deathly Hallows.
The author - whose seven-book series about the young wizard has sold almost 400 million copies - will not take legal action against George Lippert, who wrote a follow-up to Harry's adventures on his website.

Under copyright laws Lippert could have been prosecuted for his actions.
Rowling's lawyers confirmed she is happy for spin-offs to be published online as long as the publications are not sold and it is made clear she was not involved in the stories.

She also requested the follow-ups do not contain pornography or racism.

Meanwhile, Rowling - who has seen the Harry Potter books turned into blockbuster movies - has been voted entertainer of the year by Entertainment Weekly magazine.
The publication insisted she deserved the title for getting "people to tote around her big, old-fashioned printed-on-paper books as if they were the hottest new entertainment devices on the planet".
The magazine also named George Clooney a "valedictorian" because he has "deftly balanced box-office viability with personal responsibility".

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