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HP-4: Partial Manuscript Online?

Like the hacker story last month, we’ll see if this story pans out, but CanWest News Service reports that Byron Ng, a 33-year-old based in Vancouver, has downloaded what appears to be about 60 per cent of the seventh and final Harry Potter book — even though the children’s novel isn’t supposed to be officially released until midnight Saturday.

Ng said he went online and found what appeared to be the novel’s first few paragraphs mentioned in an article that appeared Sunday in The Guardian, based in the U.K. He used that information to Google and find the rest of the novel. He found that someone had posted what appeared to be first 495 pages of the 794-page book on a peer-to-peer sharing website where directions to pirated movies and other material are located. So he downloaded it too. “It is not an E-book or Word file, which is what people would normally do,” he said. “What some guy did was take pictures of it, 500 little files, each with a picture of a page. Someone took the trouble to do that.”

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spokesperson Jamie Broadhurst demurred when reached for comment by CanWest, but of course he would – and if a huge chunk of DEATHLY HALLOWS is available online through a torrent website, most likely, (or through a photo-sharing site, which prompted Scholastic to come calling) then it would make sense that the document’s only been downloaded about 507 times. Still, without anything excerpted, it’s impossible to give the story full credence….

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Canadian Publisher to Destroy Plagiarized Book

The Globe and Mail reports on Raincoast Books‘ decision with regards to Paul William Roberts‘ once-well-regarded book THE WAR AGAINST TRUTH, which turned out to have plagiarized an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article from 2002. The publisher’s action is to “dispose” of all warehoused copies (about 2,000) of the book, though they did not specify whether the disposal would involve pulping, recycling or incinerating the books in question.

In February, it appeared the major redress would be the insertion of a typed correction into the warehouse stock, since The Atlanta Journal-Constitution had previously indicated it was “not looking for monetary compensation.” But earlier this month Raincoast decided that freezing the stock, then disposing of it “would be the most straightforward way” of handling the issue, Raincoast’s vice-president of marketing, Jamie Broadhurst, said yesterday.

Thomas Clyde, lead lawyer for the Journal-Constitution on the case, said Raincoast’s disposal decision “is certainly okay by us. It’s not something we requested or required.” Indeed, destroying a book “is not something we would demand as a newspaper,” given its commitment to freedom of expression, but it is “a perfectly adequate resolution in our view.”

Plagiarism Charges Halt Shipment of Canadian Bestseller

Yes, it’s another plagiarism story. And somehow, it seems a good bet there will be more of them. This week’s edition features Toronto author and Harper’s magazine contributor Paul William Roberts, who has admitted that his 2004 book THE WAR AGAINST TRUTH: AN INTIMATE ACCOUNT OF THE INVASION OF IRAQ, contains “elements [that] . . . closely resemble or are indistinguishable from passages” in an article in the Sept. 29, 2002, Atlanta Journal-Constitution by deputy editorial-page editor Jay Bookman, reports the Globe & Mail’s James Adams.. The breach was brought to the attention of the Atlanta newspaper by blogger Matthew Skirvin late last year.

In a Jan. 19 letter of apology to a lawyer for the newspaper, Roberts called his failure to acknowledge the use of Bookman’s material in five of his book’s 350-plus pages “a journalistic travesty” and “an egregious lapse of professional conduct,” but he said the failure was inadvertent, more the result of “the dangers of sloppiness” than an act of malice or bald plagiarism. As a result of the flap, Roberts’ publisher, Raincoast Books, halted shipments of the title to Canadian and U.S. customers on Jan. 8, shortly after it received notice of the breach and “highlighted comparisons” from Atlanta. The stay affects about 2,000 copies of the $24.95 trade paperback currently in the Raincoast warehouse, according to the company’s vice-president of marketing, Jamie Broadhurst.