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  Potter pirate attempt goes pear-shaped
Updated 13 November 2002, 14.25
Pirate copies of popular films are getting more common
Net pirates who tried to put an illegal copy of Chamber of Secrets on the web have failed.

Would-be wizard computer geeks tried to post up a dodgy copy of the second Harry Potter film, before it's officially opened in cinemas.

But when Warner Bros - who made the movie - tried to open the page, it was empty.

Pirate films which go up on the web are usually really bad quality.

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Kenneth Branagh as Gilderoy Lockhart in Chamber of Secrets
Most of the time they're copies made by someone secretly recording the film in a cinema with a hand-held video camera.

Previews of the Chamber of Secrets were shown all over Britain at the weekend, so some people thought an illegal copy might have been made then.

Warner Bros said in a statement that it took all means necessary to make sure its films weren't copied on the internet.

But film experts say pirate copies on the web are getting more and more common, particularly because of hugely popular movies like the Star Wars series and Spider-Man.

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