Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Rowling sues Ebay.in over Pirated editions of Potter

After unscrupulous sellers used the Indian version of the website to sell unauthorised versions of Jo's books, she is suing online auction site eBay.in.

JKR has obtained an injunction which "prohibits eBay from listing illegal copies of her works.The court order is a setback for eBay because it is the first time the company has been obliged to police its sellers’ auctions for copyrighted material."

According to TheTimes,

"Neil Blair, Rowling’s legal adviser at the Christopher Little Literary Agency, said that she welcomed the court order. “Over the years eBay has appeared to be unwilling to control sellers on their site offering pirated or forged Harry Potter items for sale to innocent fans,” he said. “We have asked eBay on numerous occasions to assist by taking preventative steps to avoid these sales – steps that we are aware they can introduce. As these requests were not heeded we had no choice but to seek judicial intervention.
“J. K. Rowling has previously warned fans on her own website about the sale of fake signed books and other pirated Harry Potter e-books on eBay.”

News Tip: TLC , Times Online.co.uk

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