Feeds

Achtung! Harry Potter copyright breakensung

People want things fast these days and they're willing to get sued over it

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Impatient German fans of the Harry Potter series of books have got into hot water with the book's German publishers. The latest one in the series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, appeared in English about two months ago but is not due to be released in German until 14 October.

This delay was too much for Potter fans, who promptly started translating chapters and posting the results on the Internet. The first six were up on www.harry-auf-deutsch.de, nine more are on their way and the remaining 22 have been distributed to university students for translation.

Unsurprisingly, the German publisher Carlsen Verlag had something to say about this and promptly issued the site with a court order. If the man behind it, Bernd Kolemann, continues to dish out the chapters, he faces two years in jail or a £130,000 fine.

Which, if you think about it, is fair enough. ®

PS As German reader Bret has pointed out, our headline is wrong and should in fact read "Achtung! Harry Potter Urheberrecht gebrochen"

Related Stories

Amazon pulls a fast one over latest Harry Potter
Warner threatens Harry Potter fan sites

Intelligent flash storage arrays

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

Free virtual appliance for wire data analytics
The ExtraHop Discovery Edition is a free virtual appliance will help you to discover the performance of your applications across the network, web, VDI, database, and storage tiers.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
The total economic impact of Druva inSync
Examining the ROI enterprises may realize by implementing inSync, as they look to improve backup and recovery of endpoint data in a cost-effective manner.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Website security in corporate America
Find out how you rank among other IT managers testing your website's vulnerabilities.