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Harry Potter's 'Half Blood Prince' Leaked

timothy posted about 9 years ago | from the so-hard-to-get-worked-up-about dept.

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darkonc writes "The CBC is reporting that about 15 copies of "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince" were accidently sold at a 'Great Canadien Superstore' in a suburb of Vancouver BC. The Canadian Distributor, Raincoast Books managed to get an injunction prohibiting the people who recieved the books from talking about them and demanding that they return the books to Raincoast until Friday. To add a carrot to the stick, raincoast is offering various goodies including a signed bookplate."

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More Questions then Answers (5, Interesting)

Shakrai (717556) | about 9 years ago | (#13039437)

Raincoast Books managed to get an injunction prohibiting the people who recieved the books from talking about them and demanding that they return the books to Raincoast until Friday. To add a carrot to the stick, raincoast is offering various goodies including a signed bookplate.

Are they actually tracking people down or is this just a protective injection? TFI says "The Court Order also requires anyone who has a copy or copies of the book to return them to Raincoast immediately." That doesn't seem very enforceable.

Of course I'd return my copy for a signed bookplate in a heartbeat. Still the paranoid part of me thinks this is yet another reason to pay for everything with cash and ditch the debit card. I wonder what the legal/financial repercussions for the store will be? TFI/TFA didn't dwell on that. Will the store be sued for breach of contract or will Raincoast consider it an honest mistake? How many poor bastards will be fired by the store in an attempt to cover managements ass?

Re:More Questions then Answers (5, Interesting)

mobets (101759) | about 9 years ago | (#13039488)

Looks like a publisity stunt to me. They are making a show of protecting the reliece date, while at the same time demonstrating how genorous they are. They look nice and fair and get their names and the date plastered all over the media and web for little to no money.

Re:More Questions then Answers (2, Insightful)

alex_guy_CA (748887) | about 9 years ago | (#13039500)

Very well said. That first paragraph you quoted caught my attention too. I guess it isn't just American courts who care more about corporate rights (see last weeks eminent domain decision) than anything else.

So much for the DRM (3, Funny)

jerw134 (409531) | about 9 years ago | (#13039442)

Scholastic won't be very happy about this...

Re:So much for the DRM (4, Insightful)

grammar fascist (239789) | about 9 years ago | (#13039471)

Don't you mean the ARM? Analog Rights Management? Harry Potter isn't going to be released as an ebook.

Re:So much for the DRM (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039508)

What the *()$# does this have to do with DRM? There's no DRM involved. Get a grip. Take off your tin foil hat. Geez.

Re:So much for the DRM (1)

gulfan (524955) | about 9 years ago | (#13039620)

There'd be little problems at all. With the amount of stock we sell, it'd be stupid for Scholastic to pull their books from our shelves. If per say we were a smaller independent store, sure that's justified but with a company that does billions in sales a year, it's only shooting yourself in the foot.

you are a gay nigger (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039444)

gay niggers for real
fuck you vortek
tem, you're owned
nez

retards

God bless. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039445)

Somewhere in Canada, someone is furiously scanning the pages of Harry Potter.

Death to muslims (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039446)

DEATH to muslims! They are the scum of the world and deserve to die!

Too true. (0, Flamebait)

Kill all Muslims (845937) | about 9 years ago | (#13039460)

I've been saying this for years. Mod parent up if you hate Muslims!

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039448)

...the sky is blue. I don't really see what the problem is. The real fans will always buy the book.

Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039450)

Why is this even on Slashdot?

Harry Potter is just an outdated fad now. There are other books that are better worth your while.

Re:Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039630)

There are books that are better worth your while, true, but get this - you can read more than one book! It's true!

Stupidity (5, Insightful)

tymbow (725036) | about 9 years ago | (#13039455)

This stuff is starting to get ridiculous. It's a book FFS, not an issue of national security!

Re:Stupidity (1)

kjh1 (65671) | about 9 years ago | (#13039485)

Yep, agreed. I know of folks who had the last book Fedex'ed to them Saturday morning (it was released Fri night at midnight), and then proceeded to spend the *entire* weekend reading the book. Why? Just in case anyone talked about it on Monday morning at work. *sigh*

It was months before I read the book; I didn't find out a thing before I read it either. Yeah, yeah, I read Harry Potter. ;-)

Spoilers! (5, Insightful)

Alaren (682568) | about 9 years ago | (#13039536)

Indeed. I have a hard time understanding why this is such a big deal. The book is written. It's published. It's largely distributed. Sell it!

Spoilers? Hard to accidentally come across spoilers, honestly. Someone else in the world owns the book one day before you do? Cry me a river, for heaven's sake. That's just insanity.

It's like using region encoding to fix DVD prices; I'm not a strong supporter of Intellectual Property laws, but I'm comfortable giving artists certain special priveleges regarding their creations. If you don't want a book to be sold until a particular time, don't ship it to resellers. As far as I'm concerned, once you've released it to the stores, the stores should be able to sell it on their own terms.

Re:Spoilers! (1)

toekneebullard (894838) | about 9 years ago | (#13039578)

they make this big of a fuss as another mode of publicity. Some people see others making such a big deal out of it, and they think, "Hey, maybe there's something to this." And bam...another reader.

Re:Stupidity (1)

swilde23 (874551) | about 9 years ago | (#13039548)

I would think a little bit about how much money is going to be getting passed around before spouting off about how big or little of a deal this is. A rough estimate from wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter#Book_Sa les [wikipedia.org] ) shows that the last HP book sold over 12 million hardbound copies alone. At $20-$25 that works out to be a lot of money for someone.

That's not even including the growth trends of the sales. 6.1 mil for the first, 7.1 the second, 7.6 the third, 8.9 the fourth, and 12.2 the fifth. Just imagine how many copies are going to be sold this time around. Not to mention movie and merchandising rights (or the paperbound copies).

If it were me in charge, I'd be steamed.

Re:Stupidity (5, Insightful)

st0rmshad0w (412661) | about 9 years ago | (#13039599)

Uh, I don't follow. So a few copies were sold in advance, big woop. If the series has such a high sales growth trend do you really believe a few advance copies would destroy that? And so what if it did? The most logical reason for that outcome would be that the product sucks and perhaps the creater doesn't deserve the expected returns.

But please don't let me get in the way of any cultist fanatics or anything.

Follow much? Thin the herd!

Re:Stupidity (1)

Pyrion (525584) | about 9 years ago | (#13039569)

That is until Sandy Berger stuffs a copy down his pants.

Re:Stupidity (1)

James_Aguilar (890772) | about 9 years ago | (#13039615)

It's a book that will make many times more money than the money that all of the people who read this post will make in their lifetimes. When we're talking about this much money, it might as well be national security.

Canadian, with an A, not Canadien (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039457)

Canadien specifically refers to French Canada, usually. This is a large nationwide chain, and I think much more prevelent in English Canada. The article even calls it the Great Canadian Superstore.

I'd be seriously tempted... (4, Funny)

FFFish (7567) | about 9 years ago | (#13039458)

...to publish the first and last chapters.

Using ROT13 encoding.

Scan it and post it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039459)

It should be on the Internet by now, jeez.

Torrent? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039461)

So where's the torrent?

Somebody at GameFAQs claims to have it. (4, Interesting)

CyricZ (887944) | about 9 years ago | (#13039462)

Somebody at the GameFAQs.com forum claims to already have the book, and has supposedly posted content from it.

http://boards.gamefaqs.com/gfaqs/genmessage.php?bo ard=245&topic=22104343&page=0 [gamefaqs.com]

This leak would lend credence to his claims that he does already have access to the book.

Re:Somebody at GameFAQs claims to have it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039506)

Perhaps he works at a book store and fingered through the book (and smelled the binding).

Re:Somebody at GameFAQs claims to have it. (1)

swilde23 (874551) | about 9 years ago | (#13039516)

I didn't read all of the replies (all 32 pages of them), so I may be off on this, but I think the original poster fessed up.

http://boards.gamefaqs.com/gfaqs/genmessage.php?bo ard=245&topic=22104343&page=31 [gamefaqs.com]

Phoenix, I sure hope those titles are made up. Epiphany? Cats and Hats? Etc? Etc? Etc? Those were horrible names. HORRIBLE. I am sooooo happy he was lying. If he was telling the truth, I would've lost all faith I had in JKR.

fwiw

Re:Somebody at GameFAQs claims to have it. (5, Informative)

HyperChicken (794660) | about 9 years ago | (#13039520)

Page 31 of that thread: "he admitted to lying."

I'll take the word of someone who is saying someone is a liar over the word of someone who is saying they are telling the truth.

For the record, you're all liars.

Re:Somebody at GameFAQs claims to have it. (1)

LogicX (8327) | about 9 years ago | (#13039531)

At the end of the thread he admits he was lying.

Re:Somebody at GameFAQs claims to have it. (1)

robpoe (578975) | about 9 years ago | (#13039609)

He admitted he was lying.

Quote:

From: NeonNeon | Posted: 7/11/2005 1:53:02 PM | Message Detail
I have already...said that it is lies.

Real Canadian Superstore? (3, Insightful)

SpaceAdmiral (869318) | about 9 years ago | (#13039464)

So "Real Canadian Superstore" (CBC article) is the same as "Great Canadien Superstore" (/. submission)? No, really. I'm not being sarcastic. I'm curious.

Re:Real Canadian Superstore? (1)

blueadept1 (844312) | about 9 years ago | (#13039492)

I guess Americans love the store so much that they have upgraded it from real, to great.

Re:Real Canadian Superstore? (2, Informative)

uberdave (526529) | about 9 years ago | (#13039602)

No. The submitter of the article is somewhat of a sports fan and has confused the spelling of the Montreal hockey team with the spelling of the national adjective.

How much money did they waste on the "DRM"? (1)

Mantus (65568) | about 9 years ago | (#13039465)

Wow who would have thought it? Well, I suppose most people would have actually. Stuff like this is just to hard to keep the wraps on.

Spending all that money on keeping the launch date was a waste. How about this, set a launch date to ensure fair competition for smaller and larger stores but don't spend extra money on it, because $20 to some security guard over rides all your efforts.

Re:How much money did they waste on the "DRM"? (2, Interesting)

mabhatter654 (561290) | about 9 years ago | (#13039573)

but then there's nothing to stop the big stores from simpely wiping out the smaller ones... after all Walmart will probably need several runs of books just to stock the shelves. versus your local store that wants a few dozen copies for loyal customers. The publishers are torn.. Walmart only sells what's big and lot of it.. if they allow the big chains to wipe out the small stores, the publishers never get a hit like harry potter again.. After all, small bookstores stock a lot of stuff that's not big. Ocassionally something like Harry Potter really takes off. because it takes time to grow fans. The small stores are what keep the publishers in business between hits.

If they don't stack the deck in favor of the small stores they cut their own throats long-term.

Harry Potter == Fag Homo Books (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039466)

What the hell is wrong with you all? Harry Potter is a fag . . . oh wait a minute - nevermind.

Frostbitten laws (5, Funny)

waynelorentz (662271) | about 9 years ago | (#13039467)

Raincoast Books managed to get an injunction prohibiting the people who recieved the books from talking about them

O.K., so from now on I'm no longer going to listen to any more crap from any of you Canadian Slashdotters criticizing free speech in America.

(Now watch the Kanucks and Newfies mod me into oblivion!)

Re:Frostbitten laws (2, Funny)

sTalking_Goat (670565) | about 9 years ago | (#13039566)

yeah but the Canucks are offering signed bookplates if you return it.

On this side, the most you could hope for is they let you keep your pants when they ship you off to Gitmo...

Re:Frostbitten laws (1)

pmj (527674) | about 9 years ago | (#13039586)

I must have missed the memo, what makes a newfie not "kanuck"?

Canadian, not Canadien (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039473)

"Real Canadian Superstore"

Worth saying twice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039474)

Someone else said it .. but I'll say it again .. debit cards .. store cards .. they all sound nice and convenient.

Until the Gestapo comes for you. Since cops are under pressure to make arrests they will pull at straws and hope the jury buys it.

Only boring people don't believe in the right to privacy.

Whatever will we do? (5, Funny)

nate nice (672391) | about 9 years ago | (#13039475)

Literature for 10 year olds is "leaked"! Now the kids will have no interest in reading! When I was 10, I never read a book that was older than 3 days. Someone has to pay for this.

Re:Whatever will we do? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039592)

Rowlings just passed the Queen of England in wealth. It's big business and if it affected sales by a few percent having the book leaked could cost millions.

The Stolen Text (4, Funny)

venicebeach (702856) | about 9 years ago | (#13039481)



Hermione grows up. [veritaserum.com]

Re:The Stolen Text (1)

advocate_one (662832) | about 9 years ago | (#13039589)

the video of that's well worth looking up for downloading... ;)

Re:The Stolen Text (1)

StarWreck (695075) | about 9 years ago | (#13039623)

Anyone got a video of that skit? A torrent of it might be nice. I'll see if I can find it somewhere.

Um... (4, Insightful)

Ibanez (37490) | about 9 years ago | (#13039484)

I'm sorry, but how do you prohibit the sale or providing information about a book that you PURCHASED, regardless of the date it's supposed to be released?

Am I missing something, or does that seem even more retarded than something our court systems would do?

Blake

Re:Um... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039538)

Silly /.er. Haven't you learned yet that just because you bought something it does not mean that you actually OWN it and do with it what you want?

Re:Um... (1)

rudydog (890388) | about 9 years ago | (#13039539)

One work contract.

Re:Um... (1)

A beautiful mind (821714) | about 9 years ago | (#13039543)

I guess theoretically the copyright holder can tell you when you can start selling something with his/her copyright on it.

Disclaimer: not that i agree with this procedure, this is just a stupid fuss about an overrated book.

Not that retarded... (3, Informative)

Kjella (173770) | about 9 years ago | (#13039545)

...let us say I (A) have an unpublished work, and someone (B) gets hold of a copy of my work, then sells it to a third party (C). While C might have acted in good faith, A can still use the courts to make sure his unpublished work isn't de facto published without consent.

Replace A with Mrs. Rowling, B with the bookstore and C with the lucky buyer. I imagine the bookstore does not have authorization to sell it until the release date, and so the book is in legal terms still considered unpublished. Unpublished works have great protection in copyright law, as they should have.

Kjella

Re:Um... (2, Interesting)

cperciva (102828) | about 9 years ago | (#13039608)

how do you prohibit the sale or providing information about a book that you PURCHASED

Technically, nobody purchased those books. A sale only takes place if all parties involved intend for a sale to take place, and this was clearly a mistake on the part of the store in question.

how did this happen? (5, Insightful)

colton cummings (887877) | about 9 years ago | (#13039489)

How do you think a book store "accidentally" sold 15 copies of a book that was widely publicized to be released at a later date? And if they accidentally released it early, why did only 15 copies sell?

Re:how did this happen? (1)

mabhatter654 (561290) | about 9 years ago | (#13039603)

it's really common for employees and friends to get stuff before "embargo" date. That's one of the perks of being a young kid working a low wage, service industry job after all!! Getting good dibs on hot stuff.. It happens with everything from beanie babies to starwars figures, from Halo2 to next weeks DVD releases.

Good Lord, Have Mercy... (5, Insightful)

dominion (3153) | about 9 years ago | (#13039496)


Seriously, if I were the employee who screwed this up, I'd sleep with a pistol underneath my pillow. Everybody knows the big boss man isn't too forgiving of fuck ups like this.

Oh, wait... Harry Potter books? I thought we were talking about an international shipment of premium grade heroin.

Who the fuck cares about some Harry Potter books coming out a little early?

Re:Good Lord, Have Mercy... (1)

SPY_jmr1 (768281) | about 9 years ago | (#13039559)

hundreds of thousands of people?

Re:Good Lord, Have Mercy... (1)

Wilson_6500 (896824) | about 9 years ago | (#13039560)

People who make a lot of money off of Harry Potter books.

Re:Good Lord, Have Mercy... (1)

LordEd (840443) | about 9 years ago | (#13039561)

Who? Why, the marketing department, of course! They wanted to push the secret book for as long as possible to make a crazed frenzy on day 1.

Re:Good Lord, Have Mercy... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039618)

Harry Potter's coming out? About freakin' time! I mean, it's been pretty obvious since day one that he's got a thing for Ron, so it's now a big deal anyways... Oh wait, "Harry Potter books"!

so... (3, Funny)

RompeRatones (898219) | about 9 years ago | (#13039503)

They should have used magic ink

great way to get free publicity (1)

JoshRosenbaum (841551) | about 9 years ago | (#13039511)

This seems to be standard practice in life. How much publicity has there been over the TOP-SECRET Harry Potter. People want what they can't have, and this is a perfect example. I'm kind of tired of seeing stories about Harry Potter leaks, and all the special techniques they're using to guard the books. Wake me up when something really important happens in the world.

Re:A reminder (1)

symbolic (11752) | about 9 years ago | (#13039544)


All of the pomp and circumstance has nothing to do with control, or with a publisher's rights over the seller's rights. They're only trying to make it fair for everyone.

...makes you appreciate the Bill of Rights (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039514)

Suck it Canada! You can blow your injunction out your ass!

Meaning while... (2, Funny)

cerebis (560975) | about 9 years ago | (#13039517)

Canadian SWAT and amry units are mobilizing in an effort to avert catastrophe. It is reported that at this very minute someone somewhere could very well be peacefully sitting in a chair with a cup of coffee reading this book illegally. It could be a family member, your best friend, or anyone. Citizens should keep their eyes pealed for any suspicious characters with gleeful smiles on their faces -- seemingly lost in an imaginary world -- that might be concealing the illicit material beneath their clothing.

Re:Meaning while... (1)

cerebis (560975) | about 9 years ago | (#13039532)

I would make two ridiculous typos...

Stuff that matters indeed . . . . . . (0, Troll)

failure-man (870605) | about 9 years ago | (#13039519)

OMGWTF! 15 copies of a shitty children's novel leaked!

Interesting . . . . .

No wait, the other thing: tedious.

Re:Stuff that matters indeed . . . . . . (0, Troll)

grolschie (610666) | about 9 years ago | (#13039625)

OMGWTF! 15 copies of a shitty children's novel leaked!

Watch, "Shitty children" moderators are now modding you down.

Download the ebook (2, Informative)

rayray14 (591465) | about 9 years ago | (#13039521)

It was just uploaded on http://oink.me.uk/ [oink.me.uk] as a pdf... I could really care less about it though...

Re:Download the ebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039583)

Don't suppose I could get an invite?

Re:Download the ebook (1)

rayray14 (591465) | about 9 years ago | (#13039596)

email me at robsbox {aht} gmail {dawt} com

Re:Download the ebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039598)

ThePirateBay torrent [thepiratebay.org]

How did it happen? (1)

hazzey (679052) | about 9 years ago | (#13039523)

The article makes it sound like these people just happened to buy it. Everyone knows how tight the security is supposed to be. There are news stories about it on the evening news. And since it says that the books were purchased, not stolen, wouldn't it be easy to have something in the computer that shows a warning when the book is scanned at checkout?

Re:How did it happen? (1)

sTalking_Goat (670565) | about 9 years ago | (#13039611)

I bet some overeager clerk decided to slip a few copies to their friends and they grabbed a few too many. I bet one or two are disappearing from stores all over the place.

The bigger stores probably have atleast a hundred copies. If you take just one who'd notice?

Wow... I've already found a PDF version (1)

mE123 (140419) | about 9 years ago | (#13039524)

That was super fast, gave it a quick look over. It could be real. (It is at the very least a good fake)

I'm sure it will be up on the the pirate bay (and everywhere else) by tomorrow afternoon.

Happy reading, you stealing bastards

Re:Wow... I've already found a PDF version (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039585)

Looks like it's already out on Pirate Bay. http://thepiratebay.org/details.php?id=3340947 [thepiratebay.org]

Injunction like that would never fly in the States (1)

Thanatopsis (29786) | about 9 years ago | (#13039530)

Largely because there needs to be a compelling reason to restrain free speech. I guess the possibility that someone might not buy the book because Dumbldore dies in it overlooks those nasty free speech considerations.

Re:Injunction like that would never fly in the Sta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039558)

Indeed.

I like Canada for the most part but one of the chilling things about Canada's laws is that you can be jailed or fined for merely expressing unpopular opinions and it has happened in many cases.

Freedom includes the freedom to offend or the freedom to talk about books that were not supposed to be released.

Re:Injunction like that would never fly in the Sta (1)

mabhatter654 (561290) | about 9 years ago | (#13039624)

sure it would... techincally, the book is publisher property until the contracted sell date. The stores ususally don't have to pay for the inventory until the date as part of the release date deal. The retailers are mearly holding the product so they can have it on time. The alternative to retailers not holding up their end of the deal is simply to not ship to those people! After all, they didn't follow the contract. Unfortunately that favors the large retailers like walmart that will always get the first shipments.. .leaving the small guys in the cold.

Can't ... help myself... must make obvious joke (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039537)

"Harry Potter's 'Half Blood Prince' Leaked"

Which explains why he had only half his blood....

Yes, yes I'll be here all week...

Doubt it will make a difference (1)

maxoct97 (897908) | about 9 years ago | (#13039540)

Even though it hasn't hit yet, who wants to read a 1000+ pg. book on a computer anyway. This will have zero impact on their sales, in fact it will help them because of all the publicity this will get.

What's the big deal? (1)

edwilli (197728) | about 9 years ago | (#13039542)

This might be a stupid question but why is this such a huge deal.

It's just a few days, what do they think will happen? Heck, most fans have preordered the book months ago. How could this effect sales?

Re:What's the big deal? (1)

HyperChicken (794660) | about 9 years ago | (#13039547)

One word: Free PR.

Mmmm! (0, Troll)

Fjornir (516960) | about 9 years ago | (#13039552)

I gave a chick a harry potter once. Bitch couldn't walk without limping for a week and a half.

Canadien... Canadian! (0, Flamebait)

teknokracy (660401) | about 9 years ago | (#13039553)

Say it with me... "Ca-na-di-an". The other spelling is FRENCH.

Stop the insanity! (1)

Willeh (768540) | about 9 years ago | (#13039567)

Come on now, just because it's a popular book, are all these ridiculous things necessary? I'm sure the publishers don't mind the free hype. Just because it's a book doesn't mean they can impose all these stupid rules and guidelines.

They're treating this like it's the second coming of {$DEITY}, but it's just a book. Got that? A BOOK. a fictional story. I can see people wanting to get a copy early, but court injunctions to stop them from reading them sound a little excessive. Consumer rights don't go out the window just because the book they accidentally bought is popular. What's next, shrinkwrap EULA's in every copy?

Re:Stop the insanity! (2, Insightful)

Vitamin P (837888) | about 9 years ago | (#13039627)

Got that? A BOOK. a fictional story. I can see people wanting to get a copy early, but court injunctions to stop them from reading them sound a little excessive. I think that a court telling me what I can and cannot read is unconstitutional in the U.S. If I legally purchased the book it is my property to do with what I want to do. If I want to read it I can. If I want to scan it into a computer I can. If I want to spread it to the rest of the world I can wait a minute I can't. Shit then Never Mind this is Rosanna Danna signing off.

Prior restraint: antithetical to the 1st amendment (0, Offtopic)

fname (199759) | about 9 years ago | (#13039568)

Of course, this happened in Canada, I don't know what the rules are there. But in the US, it is extremely difficult to "gag" someone before they print/say something. The classic example was the alternate take on Gone With the Wind, when the author's estate wanted the book impounded based on trademark or copyright (can't remember which) issues; instead, they were told to sue them after release. Of course, this excepts "gag rules" imposed by judges to prevent lawyers & principles from discussing the case in the media. The judges have no power to gag anyone not involved in the case.

Short version-- I don't think anyone could get this sort of gag order in the US. The 1st Amendment is pretty strong. And, in case the meaning isn't clear, here's the definition for antithetical [reference.com] .

Brilliant Marketing (1)

telstar (236404) | about 9 years ago | (#13039577)

"The Canadian Distributor, Raincoast Books managed to get an injunction prohibiting the people who recieved the books from talking about them"

That's right. Instead, they've asked the media to talk about the book and the story they've manufactured by getting the injunction. You just can't buy marketing like that.

Re:Brilliant Marketing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039626)

They can and they do.

At least (4, Funny)

NitsujTPU (19263) | about 9 years ago | (#13039579)

this one wasn't listed under IT and Security

I have the book in possesion (5, Informative)

gulfan (524955) | about 9 years ago | (#13039593)

This comment contained copyrighted text and was removed at the request of the copyright owner under the terms of the DMCA.

Bookplate? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039595)

What the hell is a bookplate?

Here are the 32 Chapter titles (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13039606)

From the Injunction Notice [raincoast.com] :

Anyone who has purchased or otherwise obtained a copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before the publication date of July 16th should contact Raincoast immediately at 1-800-663-5714 or 604-323-7100. After hours please contact 604-968-0027 or 604-841-9206 or info@raincoast.com

So, I'm wondering... if I just make a copy of the chapter titles (below, from here [gamefaqs.com] ) and fantasize about what the chapters are about... is that wrong?
1. Epiphany
2. Spinners End
3. A Bizzare Birthday
4. Sleeping Giant
5. Acception and Redemption
6. Draco's Detour
7. Cats and Hats
8. A Dark Turn
9. Safe Haven
10. Hallowe'ens Past and Present
11. Snape's Secret
12. What Has Come, Has Come
13. Talk Of The Devil
14. Felix Felicis
15. Collision Course
16. Wartime Christmas
17. The Truce
18. The Half Blood Prince
19. A Reminder
20. The Indicator
21. Morsmordre
22. Tempted And Turned
23. Reminiscences
24. Lord Voldemort's Army
25. Assets and Caskets
26. Protections and Prophecy
27. Blurred Words
28. Detente
29. Evacuation
30. You Have Your Mother's Eyes
31. Regroup
32. Delusions of Grandeur

Sets a dangerous precedent... (0)

James A. D. Joyce (742507) | about 9 years ago | (#13039607)

...surely it's a violation of free speech to prevent people from discussing a certain text just because it's popular?

Oooh (2, Funny)

blincoln (592401) | about 9 years ago | (#13039612)

Is a 'Great Canadien Superstore' kind of like Costco, only their shelves are lined with female Canadians of every type imaginable? Or would those be "Canadiennes"?

No Books For You! (1)

Quadfreak0 (624555) | about 9 years ago | (#13039617)

lol way to go 'Great Canadien Superstore'
You know what scholastic just said?
"No Books For You!" [collectinghollywood.com]
"As a final layer of security, booksellers have been forced to sign legal forms acknowledging that if they break the embargo, they will never again be supplied with a book by Scholastic"

Am I the only one... (1)

TheQwe (795209) | about 9 years ago | (#13039622)

That doesn't care? OMG! Someone, somewhere, might have read the freakin' book before its release!!!! It's the end of the world as we know it!!!!!

Who cares?
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