The Language of Cancer

I think it’s time we rethink the lexicon we use when discussing cancer.  Two specific examples jump to my mind: “survivor” and “lost his/her battle with cancer.” The Oxford definition for survivor is as follows: n. a person who survives, esp. a person remaining alive after an event in which others have died: the sole survivor of the massacre. And what does survive really mean?...more

JK Rowling Wins Lexicon Lawsuit

Author J.K. Rowling has won her case against the publishing house RDR and author Steve Vander Ark over the Harry Potter Lexicon. It was a case that had people contemplating copyrigt and fair use. Was Vander Ark's copy and pasting of information from the books, without attribution, covered in fair use? If the case went in JKR's favour would it be a blow to all reference books? The answer to both, as ruled by Judge Robert Patterson, is no. ...more

If/when JKR decides to publish a Lexicon herself. More court dates? ...more