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Harry Potter and the Leaky Web

Despite what the New York Times calls "the most elaborately orchestrated marketing machine ever mobilized for a book," copies of the final Harry Potter novel have already made their way to the Web, several days in advance of the book's Saturday release. At blogs such as Schneier on Security and Boing Boing, the topic is whether publishers could or should do more to prevent such leaks. But so far the legal community has had little to say about the legal issues raised by the leak.

One lawyer, Texan Mike Young, put out a press release today in which he asserts that the leak "is further evidence that existing copyright protections are too old and outdated to protect intellectual property rights." Clearly, technology is outpacing the law here. But what should be done about it? Other than Young's statement, I've found nothing else today among legal bloggers and commentators weighing in on this. So here's your chance: What does the saga of Harry Potter and the Leaky Web teach us about IP law, privacy law and media law, if anything?

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on July 18, 2007 at 03:23 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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