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Journal 140Mandak262Jamuna's Journal: JKR, goblins and *IAA 1

In the latest book, The Deathly Hallows by JKR I came across a very interesting passage. Don't worry, this is not a spoiler. It does not reveal any plot details.

"You don't understand, Harry, nobody could understand unless they have lived with the goblins. To a goblin, the rightful and true master of any object is its maker, not the purchaser. All goblin-made objects are, in goblin eyes, rightfully theirs."

"But if it was bought ---"

"---then they would consider it rented by one who had paid the money. They have, however, great difficulty with the idea of goblin-made objects passing from wizard to wizard. [snip] I believe he thinks, as do the fiercest of his kind, that it ought to have been returned to the goblins once the original purchaser died. They consider our habit of keeping goblin-made objects, passing them from wizard to wizard without further payment, little more than theft."

I thought it is remarkably similar to the way a slashdotter would describe the mind set of *IAA people about CDs and DVDs! Has JKR expressed any opinion about *IAA and its tactics?

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JKR, goblins and *IAA

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  • Except that *iaa folks think the producers/record company owns the music/movie/whatever in perpetuity as opposed to the folks who actually wrote/performed it. So maybe a cross between a Potter-esque Goblin (ownership in perpetuity besides sale) and a Dilbert-esque Pointy Haired Boss (claiming credit for others work...)

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