Thursday, May 27, 2004

HP Fanfic gets a thumbs up
The spokesman for the Christopher Little literary agency "JK Rowling's reaction (to fanfic)is that she is very flattered by the fact there is such great interest in it and that people take the time to write their own stories.
We respect the wishes of original writers
Xing Li,
"Her concern would be to make sure that it remains a non-commercial activity and it is not being published in the strict sense of publishing."
He said writers had to ensure that the stories were not obscene and were credited to the author and not to JK Rowling.
He said: "The books may be getting older, but they are still aimed at young children.
"If young children were to stumble on Harry Potter in a an x-rated story, that would be a problem."

Xing Li, editor of, said their website had received a number of requests from authors to remove work.
He said: "It is our long standing policy of to respect the wishes of original writers and will remove or ban fan fiction categories at their request."
Authors to have contacted the website include Anne Rice, Anne McCaffrey and Raymond Feist.
The spokesman at the literary agency stressed that copyright remained with Rowling and trademarks with Warner Bros.
"Hopefully the fan fiction will help people become writers in their own right," he said.

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