The Net Gets Real on Copyrights

The Harry Potter ending is the latest example of how Web sites are more willing to take down copyrighted material and identify infringers

Everyone knows it's hard to keep a secret when it comes to Harry Potter plotlines. So it's no wonder that copies of the highly anticipated last installment of the book series could be found floating around the Web before its July 21 release date. As is well known by most Potter fans, pictures of the ending were posted on sites such as News Corp.'s (NWS) photo-sharing site Photobucket and Gaia Online, an Internet community site for teens, robbing incautious Web surfers of the surprise ending (see, 7/18/07, "So, Does Harry Potter Live?").

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