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J.K. Rowling has given fans permission to write sequels to her 'Harry Potter' books

thecheers.org    2007-11-26 07:42:42    

The author will not take legal action against George Lippert, who wrote a follow-up to Harry's adventures on his website.
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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