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Harry Potter copyright confusion

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Re: Harry Potter copyright confusion

Postby robjvargas » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:02 pm

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Re: Harry Potter copyright confusion

Postby shadowwalker » Mon Jul 08, 2013 5:54 pm

If you're using any part of the Harry Potter series as actual parts of your story, you're violating copyright unless you get and pay for approval from JK Rowling. If your characters just mention it, you're probably okay. But don't publish until you've talked to an attorney specializing in copyright matters.
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Re: Harry Potter copyright confusion

Postby pls » Mon Jul 08, 2013 8:57 pm

As Rob has hinted, you may also have to deal with trademark infringement, not just copyright issues. If I were you, I'd get advice from a good lawyer before trying to publish anything dealing with Harry Potter.
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