WB cracking down on HP slash?
"A spokesman for AOL Time Warner, which owns the film rights to Harry Potter and which has been instrumental in cracking down on 'slash porn', said they were determined to maintain their character's image.
He added that it was their 'moral obligation' to act: 'This is especially true in the case of indecent infringement of any icon whose target audience is children.'"
I haven't heard anything about it and I'm fairly well-connected in the HP fandom, so I'm not sure which slash sites are supposedly being affected. IANAL, but it seems to me that it would be very hard, at this stage of the game, for JKR or the WB to try taking down *any* fanfiction on copyright grounds alone, given how long JKR has maintained a public stance in favor of fanfiction. As I understand it, copyright alone wouldn't give them the right to determine what *kinds* of fic are being posted, once they've ceded that fans have the right to create and post fic. And I thought there'd been enough discussion by UK-based fannish lawyers on the "moral rights" issue that HP fen felt fairly safe, but I could be wrong.
I also had thought that the WB was maintaining a positive orientation to HP fanfiction and was delibrately trying to ignore / work with in private the sites they view as problematic. (In 2003 for instance we had some c&ds against HP adult sites that were settled in private, with results including the sites password-locking and requiring age verification.) I sat in the audience at a panel on fan cultures last November where a WB rep said all the right things about how they view fan participation in HP as beneficial, rather than a threat.
If anyone knows of corroborating evidence to the article's claims, or has any info on what specific legal grounds the WB might be pushing, please share. Thanks!
ETA: Looks like it's a false alarm. I'd missed a few posts where the article's section on slash is debunked as being a scrape from an actual crackdown back in 2001. Journalistic integrity, what? More in the comments.