I wish J.K. Rowling could hear the illegal but beautifully read net.radio performance of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince if she has not already. A TeleBlog reader directed me to the page, which also links to bootlegged copies of the billionaire Lud’s novel. Here’s what page looks like, and here’s an audio sample in .wav format. Is it original or just an unauthorized pick-up of a legal CD or cassette? I don’t know for sure, but strongly suspect “pick-up.”
The online performance of Book 6 had already started when I dropped by. I’d be shocked if someone didn’t distribute an audio file, not just a stream you need to capture. If so, then so much for the Wall Street Journal’s powers of prophesy. The WSJ headine: “Put Away the iPod: ‘Harry Potter’ Unlikely as a Download.”
Reader’s modest proposal
Meanwhile the reader tells me: “I think it’s more the shame that no one has set up a voluntary system to provide recompense for authors–build trust, get the ‘pirates’ to put a link in their materials, guarantee anonymonity for the ‘pirates,’ and again, maybe authors will change their minds when they get some residue income from free distribution.”
No, I’ll not reproduce the URL and, as noted, I do not approve of piracy. What’s more, my own solution to the problem would be different from the reader’s. Still, I certainly understand the frustration here and greatly appreciate the reader’s bringing me up to date.
Update, July 17, 12:50 p.m. EDT: Just added the audio sample.