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Tanya Grotter ruling delayed, Belgian publisher plans to go ahead selling book

[translated by Wizard News reader Mark Hooker]

Because J.K. Rowling's lawyers missed a filing deadline, the Belgian publishing house Roularta plans to publish the Flemish translation of Tanya Grotter and the Magical Double Bass. The first copies are scheduled to reach book stores on 24 October. The first print run will be 1,000 numbered copies, using print-on-demand press techniques.

Roularta made the decision after the Dutch court postponed a decision in the case of Harry Potter vs. Tanya Grotter that had been expected on 23 October. The new date for a decision is now 6 November. Roularta was originally going to wait for the court decision, but discovered that Rowling's lawyers had failed to file a crucial document, which means that the original ruling is no longer valid. The publisher will bring out the translation because "no Dutch judge can decide what we read in Belgium."

Roularta's goal in publishing the translation is to stumulate discussion of the book. The publisher's view is that the book is a part of European culture. The cover art can be seen at: http://www.boekblad.nl.

The Dutch publisher Byblos, who is the object of the legal actions of Ms. Rowling's lawyers in the Netherlands, entered into a joint venture with Roularta on 23 September 2003.


Published October 24, 2003

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