'Harry Potter Lexicon' is focus Of Copyright Law And Fair Use Seminar At GVSU

Jule Ahrens, associate director of the Fair Use Project, is mentioned as a speaker at the Copyright Law and Fair Use for Creative Artists Workshop:

For RDR Books Inc., Grand Rapids author Steven Vander Ark's "The Lexicon: An Unauthorized Guide to Harry Potter Fiction and Related Materials" has been the second highest selling title in the Muskegon book publisher's 16-year history.

"It's not a blockbuster. It's a good, solid reference book," said Roger Rapoport, owner of Muskegon-based RDR Books. "It's done well. We're very happy about that."


Events include:

• Opening remarks by Lee Van Orsdel, GVSU director of libraries;

• Copyright law basics by Grand Rapids attorney Jeff Nelson of Warner Norcross Judd;

• Panel discussion on publishing The Lexicon with Rapoport and Julie Ahrens, associate director of Stanford's law school whose fair use project helped defend "The Lexicon" in the lawsuit.

"The idea that a publisher couldn't publish a reference text" like "The Lexicon" about something like the Potter series was contrary to years of established law, Ahrens said.

"For us, it was a pretty important principle to defend."