Why only Potter?

Karnataka police unearthed thousand of pirated copies of the latest book of the potter series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as reported in the recent news. The books were being printed in Bangalore and supplied to all other metro’s…


Surprisingly the authorities seem to have woken up only for Potter, there are hundreds of books pirated and kept for sale on almost every major road in Bangalore along side the pirated DVD and VCD’s. The piracy for others seem to have not felt that important looking at the potter mania, there is a strong possibility of the printing press which is involved in this might as well instrumental in pirating other authors and best selling titles too!!

On a positive note, this brings great news for all those who feel IP (intellectual property) is important and needs at most protection and governance…

9 Comments so far

  1. Lokesh (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 7:00 pm

    Its a nice obversation you have made Rajesh. What you have highlighted is very true. There are plenty of pirated books available on the city roads.

  2. Libran Lover (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 9:48 pm

    I confess that, in the past, I have been a customer of these roadside sellers of pirated books. The truth is that many of the titles sold by these guys were either not available in most book stalls in the city, or the prices were too high for my student’s pocket money. Add that to a dismal public library system. You can see why these guys do brisk business.

    This is probably true across the entire country. The publishing companies should look at this as a huge opportunity to create and distribute their books at a lower cost in India. This is yet another huge market in India just waiting for a taker.

  3. silkboard (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 10:18 pm

    Perhaps the publishing industry needs a Moser Baer type aggressive backer.

  4. Rajesh (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 10:36 pm

    Thanks Lokesh.

    So true…SB.

    Libran Lover, I agree, there is always a potential volume and profitability if the porducts are well places on pricepoints…Exponential growths in telecom started once the ‘incoming calls’ were made ‘free’ and they actually lowered call charges.

  5. Shreyas (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 10:36 pm

    I was a user of these pirated books too.. Maybe they were not available in the market and they looked so good like the original ones !!!

  6. kunal (unregistered) on July 25th, 2007 @ 11:23 pm

    don’t you guys think that most of the original books are so highly priced in India. I can buy a book of Neitzhe, kafka, camus, hesse in around 300 INR. Then why Mr potter is 1000 bugs? BookPrice/AverageIncode ration in UK is much much lower than in India. Unless something is done to get the cheaper editions of this book, most of the people will not be able to afford them. That is why probably piracy is so much in India. I agree that Piracy should be curbed, but we should not miss out the other angle as well

  7. Rajiv4ever (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 1:29 am

    I don’t think piracy is bad, i take DVD’s & books on road side sellers, when DVD cost is around 1000 rs and in road we get it at 40 rs (though quality is bad we can use it for more than 6 months) and books at 50 rs by famed authors. I guess every ordinary person would prefer to buy here only…..

  8. Sanjay Pandey (unregistered) on July 26th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    Necessity is the mother of Invention [b]and Poverty the father[/b].
    The book prices when compared with the average PP (purchasing power) of the book reading India, and I mean the India not only of MetroBloggers but others, is very low. This leads to the piracy of all the stuff.
    When I was in school and college, it was not possible for me (son of a school teacher) to buy the books I wanted to read firsthand, as they were very costly and way beyond my pocket money. In Calcutta, for such scenarios, we have college street, also known as ‘Boi Para’ (book street). It contains the used books. But this culture I found missing in other cities and that has added to the proliferation of book piracy.

    As a book lover, my motto is “Let the books proliferate, whether pirated or not, I do not care. If somebody cares, let them bring down the price.”

    For Harry Potter, why should a child, who is unable to pay Rs.1000/- be deprived of it for no fault of theirs.

    The same administration, which raids books shops, forgets to raid liquor shops for spurious liqours, forgets to raid govt offices for bribery, forgets to arrest people when they eve tease 10 year olds on proper charges (ala Mumbai) and so on.

    The more important question today in light of this raid is, that do we want only the top 1% (or less than that) of India to read books or everyone who wants to??????????

  9. debbieann (unregistered) on July 31st, 2007 @ 12:24 pm

    this was published in the Bangalore Mirror.

    Anyway – I wonder about this attitude :
    As a book lover, my motto is “Let the books proliferate, whether pirated or not, I do not care. If somebody cares, let them bring down the price.”

    So, basically it is ok to steal a book since the person can’t afford it? It will come down in price at used bookstores, it can be borrowed perhaps from somebody, ten people could get together and buy it at one tenth the price each and share it – there are many ways it can be read for not as much money without being stolen. Pirating hurts the very people that make the books you love – the writer, the publisher, the bookstores. Especially bks like HP – there will be many copies in used bkstores, or a friend or family member may have a copy.

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