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Was The 'Harry Potter Leak' Digital Shoplifting?

Was The 'Harry Potter Leak' Digital Shoplifting?

The premature online release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which will be in stores this Friday at midnight, has caused quite the ruckus.

Most fans are conflicted: Do I sneak a peek, strain my eyes and ruin the surprise, or do I patiently wait it out all the while knowing it's out there? One thing's for certain - the widespread use and availability of digital cameras and web access makes it pretty easy for someone to snag a copy of an unreleased book, magazine cover or valuable piece of information and pop it up on the web. Even if that means taking pictures of 784 pages and uploading them.

While I'm most interested in learning the identity of the geeky James Bond-wannabe that committed what I've dubbed the "Deathly Hallows Offensive," digital shoplifting isn't a new phenomenon. In fact in 2003, Japanese bookstores launched a national campaign against the trend after it was noted in the magazine world. (Publishers reported young women were snapping pictures of styles and trends in magazines and sending them to their friends instead of purchasing the publications.) Is the core of digital shoplifting one of those unavoidable repercussions of digital life, or do you think it should be punishable by law? Most importantly, what do you think should happen to the person who leaked the latest Harry Potter onto the net?
Source: Boing Boing

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Sugar_Rush Sugar_Rush 9 years
I ended up going offline for a few days. It's not the fact that people have a choice of whether they want to look and spoil it for themselves or not - its the fact that I've had people around me threatening to tell me the plot - and that I've had to actually duck out/avoid them so that they don't. They think its funny but when you've read such a long story/plot line you don't want to fall at the last hurdle.
Kellylicious Kellylicious 9 years
this IS illegal copyright infringement. however, i definitely read the spoilers and snippets because of the law! (ahh! i feel terrible!) I'm taking the bar exam next tuesday and wednesday and can't read harry potter until a week after it has been out. It was "literally" making me insane having it spoiled for me, so i just spoiled it for myself. Jo couldn't have picked a WORSE weekend release for this longtime Potter fan!! I can't wait to read the book.
ReverendZelda ReverendZelda 9 years
It is illegal. They broke street date. I hope J.K. Rowling tracks this person down and gives them what for. My husband worked at Borders when one of the books came out and they weren't allowed to open any of the boxes for any reason before midnight on penalty of death and dismembermant.
shafiii shafiii 9 years
this should be illegal! people have no respect what so ever!
Rachiepop Rachiepop 9 years
I say yes, I refuse to look it up as tempting as it may be. I'm just gonna wait till I can get my hands on a legally tangible copy.
thatsmypurse thatsmypurse 9 years
I don't understand why someone would want to ruin it for everyone else. Sure, you and your eyes have the choice to look or not look at things online but that also gives millions of other people the chance to look, some of whom may not be able to keep it off of their respective web pages therefore ruining it for people who didn't want to see. I just don't understand people, that's for sure.
Cherryluv Cherryluv 9 years
Yes, and I hope they find whoever did this. I mean, seriously, someone with that much time on his or her hands...gessh, why'd they have to go and ruin the experience and anticipation for everyone. Stupid person.
chibichan chibichan 9 years
I don't think it's so bad. I read the whole book from this leak, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to get in line to get it at midnight when it comes out. I chose to spoil it for myself, and if you don't want to know, then just don't read it.
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Yes! I don't know why everyone wants to spoil it for the rest of the world. I mean I am going to read the book for myself!
eaker eaker 9 years
This is much different than sitting in a movie theater with a camcorder. That's illegal, and this should be too.
briggs313 briggs313 9 years
Its truly a shame how people will do anything to make a buck ... this was her last book and now its tainted because people couldn't wait 4 days ... I'm trying my best to keep it a surprise for myself! So excited :)
sevendayrain sevendayrain 9 years
I hate people who do this
LalaLovesBebe LalaLovesBebe 9 years
it's not fair~~~
Supermom Supermom 9 years
I think this was totally wrong. If the person just snapped a page or two it would show they got there hands on the Personally I plan to wait...I don't want the story to end so I will not read anything until I get the book and I will read it from front to back.
TheMissus TheMissus 9 years
It absolutely was digital shoplifting.. Simply based on the perpetrator's intent. If they had taken a snapshot of one page or two, and then posted them online, that would be different. But they photographed every page, from cover to cover... Including the blank pages. However, I must confess, I did read the last chapter. Someone sent me the digital images, and I read it. When I get my book on Friday night, I would have read the last chapter anyways. And the last chapter is the Epilogue Jo Rowling said it would be. So it just tells you what happens in the future, to those who live. But you can surmise from reading it who dies. So now, I want to read the book more than ever. Because I NEED to know what happens. All I can say, with regards to the last chapter is, "OHMIGOD!"
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