If you’ve ever perused the World Wide Web hard enough, you can almost indefinitely find a whole troupe of fun, funny, and fascinating facts. Today’s story hails from one of the most reliable places to find information on any topic: Wikipedia. To my outrage (and many others’), there have been many legal disputes over the series, including this particularly austere and unfathomable one. As the Legal Disputes Over Harry Potter Article states:
“In 2002, an unauthorised Chinese-language sequel titled Harry Potter and Bao Zoulong (Chinese: 哈利波特与豹走龙, Hanyu Pinyin: Hālì Bōtè yǔ Bào Zǒulóng) appeared for sale in the People’s Republic of China. (In English-language media this was mistranslated as Harry Potter and Leopard-Walk-Up-to-Dragon.) According to translated excerpts, the book principally consists of the text of J. R. R. Tolkien‘s The Hobbit, but with most names changed to those of Harry Potter characters. The book was quickly recognised as a fake. Rowling and Warner Bros. took steps to stop its distribution. Copies were briefly distributed around the world, including e-book copies traded on the Internet.
In November 2002, the Bashu Publishing House, in the southwestern city of Chengdu, agreed to pay a £1,600 (US$3,400) fine and publish an apology in China’s Legal Times for printing and distributing the novel. As of 2007, the identity of the anonymous “author” has not been discovered. The opening of Harry Potter and Bao Zoulong, translated into English, was included in several news articles.
Also in 2002, the China Braille Publishing House published Harry Potter and the Porcelain Doll. As of 2007, it is estimated that there are fifteen million fraudulent Harry Potter novels circulating in China.* In 2007, Rowling’s agents, the Christopher Little Literary Agency, began to discuss the possibility of legal proceedings concerning a fake version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows that appeared in China ten days before the actual book’s publication.“
* Okay, here’s the message: If you live in the vast and fun area known as China, ask yourself: “Did I read the right HP book, or did some people trick me into reading some other fluff?”…………spooky.
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