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Though this isn't really about the character or story of Harry Potter. But I thought I'd pop-up a warning since it's been quite some time since I've made a Harry Potter entry. However, there comes a point when something must be said on a subject and for me that point is now. Though I'm very much happy that I hadn't made an entry on this subject before now... Of course, admittedly I've come close to spewing off my opinions on the subject before now, but for reasons I won't go into here (because it would make an already long entry longer) I held off on that, but now I feel is the time.

Okay, first let me tell you what I'm talking about - TeamRowling vs TeamSteve. You'll get the most recent updates on the story by following that link, but probably not the total and complete story - for that you'd have to follow even more links. On the other hand, if you're in Harry Potter fandom at all you've probably been (at least) half-way following said story.

Anyway, the reason I'm glad I haven't made an entry before now is because if I had you would have seen me supporting or at least very much on the fence about the whole thing. Because my knee-jerk reaction (which I'm totally ashamed of now) was "Rowling = bad, Steve = good." Now my second reaction (a couple days later) after learning more was a bit better, but I admit I was still more on the side of Steve than I was Rowling. Because damn it all, I actually liked Steve, and could almost understand why he believed what he was doing was okay.

Well, as I've said on a couple message boards, I have now totally changed my tune, because whatever I personally feel about Rowling or the Harry Potter books themselves, I also believe that Rowling is totally in the right on this issue, and I honestly believe TeamRowling went out of its way to avoid the lawsuit action, but that TeamSteve actually brought it on themselves because they kept delaying talks with TeamRowling in hopes of getting the book published before getting a lawsuit smackdown. Obviously, at some point, TeamRowling realized what was happening and basically had no choice but to go with the (un)happy lawsuit action.

I'd be a tad more supportive of TeamSteve if TeamSteve hadn't completely blown of the potential communication with TeamRowling (and from what we now know they completely blew-off TeamRowling from the beginning), and/or if there was actually something original in Steve's book. Guess what? From what we now know there is nothing of Steve's own in the book. So that defeats the points brought up in the beginning about why some HP companion books were deemed acceptable. Though from what we (general we) knew in the beginning bringing up those other books was a very valid point. However, with what we now know those other companion books out there from what I've seen/learned have at least as much original content (if not more) as they do Rowling's stuff, where as Steve's does not. Therefore, it is no longer a valid point.


Should we (the fandom) start a Fandom Against RDR/Steve movement?

I believe we should, if only because right out of the starting gate it seemed fandom gave TeamSteve so much support. I mean surely I am not the only one who's opinion has changed since then. ;)

Okay, and yes, I admit seeing some of the creative icons/avatars that might come out of this has me smiling. You know something like "TeamSteve/RDR unintentionally uniting HP fen after Rowling fractured it!" Things like that.

I mean I don't believe any sane judge would side with TeamSteve*, but the thought that it might happen scares the shit right out of me. Why? Because I think fandom(s) will get screwed if Steve/RDR wins! Yes, I said fandoms, not just Potter fandom.

Again, why? Well, I believe that if TeamSteve wins all copyright holders every where (not just books, but it could spill over into other genres -television/movies/anime/etc.) will start seriously cracking down on what fans are allowed to do and what they aren't - it's simple self-preservation, because everyone will want to avoid this same thing happening to them over their works. If you were in their shoes, wouldn't you? - Want to avoid something like this happening to you. I certainly would.

* Originally, I thought TeamSteve/RDR might have an ace up its sleeve that might eek out a win (such as Steve having more in the book than just Rowling-stuff reordered), I no longer think that, but you just never know sometimes what a judge might decide, especially if said judge thinks popular opinion is with TeamSteve.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Again, why? Well, I believe that if TeamSteve wins all copyright holders every where (not just books, but it could spill over into other genres -television/movies/anime/etc.) will start seriously cracking down on what fans are allowed to do and what they aren't - it's simple self-preservation, because everyone will want to avoid this same thing happening to them over their works. If you were in their shoes, wouldn't you? - Want to avoid something like this happening to you. I certainly would.


This is why I don't want Steve to win. Like I said on H/L, I was against Rowling at first because the reason she gave on her website were lame. Now that she has sophisticated and professionalized her responses, I have to say I agree with her. I don't want to, but I do.

I'm starting to suspect that Rowling was caught completely off-guard by this whole thing, and if that's true then she probably didn't exactly know how to respond herself. I know I'm not exactly at my best when I'm caught off-guard on something, especially something big.

Also as I mentioned at H/L - there is also the little matter of TeamSteve failing to just hand over a copy of the "book."
Perhaps if they'd handed over the book when first asked the responses (from all parties) would have been better because TeamRowling would have known more how to respond, and Steve/RDR would have looked like they were honestly trying to cooperate.


*shrug* Of course, as I said awhile back I thought the two pedias would be two different things anyway - Steve covering the books themselves and Rowling covering the stuff that wasn't in the books - so I never bought the unfair competition, or taking money from the poor poor charities, aspect of the arguement.

That and all those other HP companion books flooding the market grossly (I think) confused the issue(s) for many of us, because I know myself (as well as others) were asking why Mugglenet (for example) was able to publish for profit something HP related and yet Steve was getting the smackdown.

I have to say I agree with her. I don't want to, but I do.

I'm with you, I was rather quite happy in my simple little world of "Rowling = bad, everyone else = good," but alas I just couldn't force myself to stay there, at least on this issue. ;)
I comnpletely agree with you. I'm saddened by this because I met Steve at Sectus, and he seemed like a nice guy, at least for a Ginny fan. :) I also really dislike Rowling right now, so like you, my first reaction is to be on his side.

I do think that her side should have reacted better and explained more, but she's completely within her rights.
Well, I admit I never personally met Steve myself (offline), but online he always seemed like such a nice guy.

Still this whole thing makes me feel a bit dirty - I should be supporting the underdog (Steve/RDR), that's usually always the way I flow, but in this instance I really have no choice but to root for the rich and powerful. *shudders* I feel so dirty. ;)
Sectus was a fairly small conference, so most of us met him at least once. He was in the line waiting for book 7, so I was actually in a group having a conversation with him. The guy is fascinating. His talk was all about his plotting out exactly where Hogwarts was, how many kids were in Hogwarts, the path the Order took with Harry in OOtP, and other things like that. It was really really interesting. He's a super Ginny fan, so that was kind of annoying, but other than that, he was great.

This has definately lowered my opinion of him. I hate when that happens. I hate when it happened with JKR, and I hate this now.