Another crazy story from the copyright zealots. German Harry Potter fans took just 2 days to translate JK Rowling's new book - they couldn't wait for the 'official' version and so they helped their local fans along by communally developing their own.
'Wow!' You would think the publishers would say, 'We've created more brand loyalty than we could've bought.'
But no, according to this article in the Guardian, a spokesperson from Carlsen Publishers has lashed out at the group with threats and warnings. Like the music industry before them, they might just go ahead and sue their most loyal customers.
I just can't work out the responses by the industry. Jarred Cinman Esq. agrees, 'The answer is to find a way to be part of that enthusiasm, not try and shut it down.'
Cinman believes that the publishing industry needs a lesson in strategic planning. 'They're just terrified of the future because they haven't got it worked out...it's like their enemy has a plan, but they don't, so the best thing to do is nail down the windows and sit with a gun pointing at the front door.'