Harry Potter finds no time to rest. First he was electronized
within hours after the official release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
, then some dimwits sold
illegal copies on eBay, while at the same time a couple of German zealots professionally translated
the English copy into German (and kept the translation to themselves, at least). Now Moscow Times reports
that an unauthorized Russian Half-Blood Prince translation has been posted on Russian websites:
Russian readers were able to devour an unauthorized translation of the 672-page book's first chapter for free on certain web sites as early as July 18. Three more chapters followed the next day on one of the sites, http://book6.potterfilmru.net.
Poor Rowling and her lawyer friends from Baker & McKenzie, who will have a hard time convincing Russian Potter fans to remove the translations from the Net. Under Russian law they don't constitute a violation of the publisher's rights.