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A French minor arrested for taking "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows" translation into his own hands

Before the release of the seventh and final installment of the Harry Potter series, the frenzy for die hard fans to acquire the 759 page novel became more intense than ever before.  But not everyone could have the pleasure of holding the literature gold in their hands on launch day.  A 16-year-old boy in France found himself locked up for taking the French translation delay into his own hands.

The unnamed French 16-year-old translated the entire book in a matter of days and posted in online for public view.  The authorized publisher of the French translation, Gallimard Jeunsesse, is said to have taken up to several months to release a copy, only because he was not able to get his hands on the English version until the day of its release.  

The Aix-en-Provence native's impatience does not appear before the firing squad alone. The authorized translator of the seventh Harry Potter book in China publically announced that freelance translators delete their versions.  Also, a Spanish translation was released early by eager superfans in Chile. 

J.K. Rowling and Gallimard filed an official complaint, reports Reuters.

"This complaint in no way concerns isolated translations published on the Internet ... by disinterested fans not fully aware of the illegal nature of their action," said Gallimard spokeswoman, Marie Leroy-Lena, in a statement.

According to Leroy-Lena, Rowling nor Gallimard were not involved with the case and had not filed for damages.  The boy was released not too much later after his arrest.

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I really don't care
By rdeegvainl on 8/11/2007 4:54:52 AM , Rating: 2
If some one translates to a different language before it is released in that language, i don't care. there wasn't a translation at the time. Kind of like translated manga and animes. you get the unofficial version and buy it when available in your language. if he kept it available after the release in the new language, then i see problems, but it really isn't the same.

RE: I really don't care
By grenableu on 8/11/2007 2:36:12 PM , Rating: 1
So it'd be ok to steal an iPod, as long as Apple wasn't selling them yet in your country?

RE: I really don't care
By AbelIAN on 8/11/2007 10:12:56 PM , Rating: 3
Not really the same thing at all. IP isn't the same as physical property, and even if you say they are the same, then what the guy did would be more like reverse-engineering the iPod (why the hell is a mention of Apple made in every tech site discussion?) and then giving it away for free, which is nowhere near as wrong as your example.

RE: I really don't care
By rdeegvainl on 8/12/2007 3:09:19 AM , Rating: 2
What he said.

RE: I really don't care
By Wolfstan on 8/12/2007 8:39:20 PM , Rating: 2
(why the hell is a mention of Apple made in every tech site discussion?)

Godwin's Law variant.

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