Court rules against illegal Potter publisher

  August 18, 2003 at 6:04 PM ET
  Cheeser     HPANA (via Economic Times of India)
 


Police in June raided an Indian publishing company on a tip from JK Rowling's literary agency, Christopher Little. Cops found over 650 complete copies of unauthorized translations of various Harry Potter books and 615 covers to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This month, a court order was issuedopens in new window to prevent the illegal publications from being sold:

For Vikas Balwant Shukla, author of the unauthorised ... translations and his publisher Pushpa Prakashanopens in new window, this was not the first time. They had also published Harry Potter ani Gupitanche Dalan, the Marathi translation of Harry Potter and the Chambers of Secrets. They also planned to translate the remaining books of the Harry Potter series.

The police arrestedopens in new window [Shukla] for violation of the Indian Copyright Act. On August 11, the Delhi High Court ordered defendants (the translator/author and publisher), servants, employees or agents to restrain from reproducing, translating, publishing, printing and selling [these] books.

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