J.K. Rowling has sued a writer and his publisher for trying to release a Harry Potter guide. According to this article in the NY Times, “Ms. Rowling contends in the lawsuit that the lexicon copies large chunks of material from her own books while adding little new information and insight.”
Tthe article goes on to explain: “For her part, Ms. Rowling repeated her first-day testimony that she was motivated by outrage, not money. She has said she was so upset by the prospect of Mr. Vander Ark’s guide that she was suffering from writer’s block.”
And my next thought was whether or not a writer could one day sue another person for afflicting him/her with “writer’s block.” Could it be classified as emotional duress? Maybe the writer could qualify for worker’s comp or disability?