Originally Posted by sayre
JKRowling could stop fanfic if she wanted to. Besides, fanfic authors give credit to Jo in each and every story.
Not all. At sites like Quillworks, MuggleNet, Flourish and Blotts, etc. there are disclaimers on the sites. I think CoS has one somewhere. Besides, Jo knows that people write stories out of respect for how great her story is. Though I agree I prefer something from your own imaginary, it is respect and flatter at it's lowest level.
Jo could not stop fan-fiction if she wanted to. She has no control over other people. All she can do, and what she has done already, is stopped people from selling her characters and making a profit. You can share your own stories and disclaimers are put there out of respect, not because people think they will get in trouble if they don't.
I have heard her say many timeson the matter of fan-fiction what he opinions are. She keeps saying that she is flattered that people are taking her story, readikng, and writing their own. It gets people interested in perhaps writing their own story.