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19 July 2007 @ 02:46 pm
Fandom: Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows News (*No Spoilers*)  
No, this is not a spoilers post. I'm picking this up from Fandom Lounge to give a heads up to anyone who may have seen this floating around:

The Admin Team of PhoenixSong.net have recently learned that there is a "leaked" file of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" floating around the internet, specifically in bit torrent form. While people obviously have different opinions on "spoilers" in general, this one is especially troublesome because it is actually a plagiarized version of our own Melindaleo's fan fic, "The Seventh Horcrux", available legitimately here at PhoenixSong. Please be aware that Melindaleo was in no way involved in re-titling her fan fic as the seventh book or in trying to pass it off as a leaked copy of the seventh book. Someone else did this without her knowledge or permission, and she has been quite upset and worried, especially about the fact that people may be being duped by this situation.

Plagiarism (stealing someone's work and passing it off as belonging to someone else) is a serious crime and one that shouldn't be taken lightly. If you encounter posts about this story elsewhere, please share this information in any way you feel you can -- private blogs, posts, whatever. Because this is being shared in a bit torrent format, it is especially difficult to get it removed from sites as a stolen work, but perhaps we can at least all help get the *real* author/title information to people instead. Thanks, all!

... It is indeed a wonderful thing that Melindaleo has done here. Anyone who has read this book believing it to be the last potter book will not be disappointed. In fact, it’s a win win situation. They can have read the last book already and still be able to look forward to reading the last book when it is finally released in July.

by Thomas Anthony Longo
contributing editor, World Voice News

You can read the Fandom Lounge post and comments here.