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Harry Potter Book Notes: Illegal Copies of Half-Blood Prince on Scribd, More

Posted by: sue
March 29, 2009, 06:05 PM

Several pieces of news tonight relating to the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. The Times is reporting that free copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince were available on, a literary website where thousands of books and manuscripts are available for download online, often times without the consent or permission of the author.  The Times spoke with legal representatives for JKR, and the paper reports "Neil Blair, J. K. Rowling’s lawyer at the Christopher Little literary agency, said that Scribd did not have permission “and what you have identified are infringing listings which we were aware of and actioning."

While the site is quite often used for legitimate purposes, the paper also notes:
Mindful of copyright concerns, Tammy Nam, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Scribd, says that it operates a “notice and takedown system”, where it removes books if their publishers demand it. She said: “If we get a request we usually respond in 24 hours.” This makes the site compliant with the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which means that the site is not held liable for actions of its users of which it is not aware.

Critics say that this is not enough, because authors and publishers are not always aware that people are uploading books illegally." Other works from authors such as Ken Follett, John Grisham and Nick Hornby were also available seemingly without permission, with one publisher now investing the matter.

On a related book front, books that are made available quite legitimately in public libraries in Ireland are proving to be a source of financial windfall for many authors. In a separate article, The Times also reports that because of "Public Lending Remuneration scheme (PLR), introduced at the start of this year, authors who register and who live in the European Economic Area are entitled to a payment each time their works are borrowed." The paper then states those who are slated to receive a financial reward "when their books are loaned from public libraries include payments for such bestselling international writers as J K Rowling and Francesca Simon of Horrid Henry fame...There is expected to be a cap on payments at €8,000 a year while the minimum payment may be set at €2. The Library Council has about €1m to cover payments and administration."  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the fourth most popular book borrowed from the libraries in question.

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783 Points

the books in library thing confuses me… where does the $ come from?

Posted by Mary11_hplvr*WBM* on March 29, 2009, 07:34 PM report to moderator
2224 Points

I hope the authors lawyers get together and sue the pants right off the company owners.

This makes me very angry.

Posted by on March 29, 2009, 07:52 PM report to moderator
4844 Points

That is soo terrible!!!

Posted by Lady Grey OoM2,CW*ROAR* on March 29, 2009, 07:54 PM report to moderator
3455 Points

wow! like Jo doesnt have enough to deal with…

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on March 29, 2009, 07:56 PM report to moderator
92 Points

I guess people do that sort of thing when they are completely broke.

For example if someonestarted reading a book series and had no money to get the next in the series and know they won’t be able to get the book within the next couple of months might think the only option is to do stuff illegally. I guarantee you wouldn’t like it if you couldn’t afford to get a book that you really wanted.

Posted by Huddz on March 29, 2009, 08:07 PM report to moderator
1980 Points

wow. thats….

Posted by floridianhp*ROAR* on March 29, 2009, 08:52 PM report to moderator
1661 Points

JKR’s lawyers should definitely win this one…that’s so illegal. How could someone do that?! Just buy the freakin’ book for goodness sake. I hope the other author’s who’s work is on that website take action too.

Posted by cghambright on March 29, 2009, 08:55 PM report to moderator
341 Points

And yet, music is provided the same ‘protection’ as literary works, and it is very common to see p2p downloading of music (free) with no consideration of the composer or artists rights of renumeration. Something smells fishy here.


Posted by OldMrToad on March 29, 2009, 10:26 PM report to moderator
7524 Points

That’s awful. With all the hard work JK put in, she deserves every penny she gets!

Posted by Bradyboy on March 30, 2009, 12:42 AM report to moderator
524 Points


Posted by HGROSS44 on March 30, 2009, 02:07 AM report to moderator
2235 Points

Ok, who track all the record of library. . . . ??

Posted by Sidish_black6 [WBM] on March 30, 2009, 02:18 AM report to moderator
28416 Points

Books are available free to read for everyone, that is what public libraries are for. Incedentally the payment to authors in the UK is via the Public Lending Right, here is an extract from their website; “Public Lending Right (PLR) is the right for authors to receive payment under PLR legislation for the loans of their books by public libraries. To qualify for payment, applicants must apply to register their books with us. Payments are made annually on the basis of loans data collected from a sample of public libraries in the UK.” Hope that helps.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on March 30, 2009, 03:25 AM report to moderator
2016 Points

Why is the book still up there – surely the puplishers legal egals should have done something…

I hope that JKR uses the libararies royality money for some charitible work – she usually does… That’s one of the things I like about her – she was blessed to be a blessing and so she is..!

Posted by JustSuperMione on March 30, 2009, 07:52 AM report to moderator
586 Points

thanks Moglet! I was wondering the same thing

Posted by HermioneRon4ever on March 30, 2009, 09:44 AM report to moderator
8069 Points

I still don’t understand the libraries paying to loan the books. Where do they get the money to pay the authors?

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on March 30, 2009, 12:00 PM report to moderator
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