Raincoast Books
Raincoast Books Obtains Injunction Against Early Disclosure and Reviews of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Madam Justice Gill of the Supreme Court of British Columbia granted to Raincoast Books Distribution Ltd., Bloomsbury Plc and JK Rowling, a John/Jane Doe injunction against the copying or disclosing of all or any part of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince or any information derived therefrom including without limitation the story, plot or characters of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to any person prior to 12:01 a.m. local time on July 16th...

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL HARRY POTTER FANS

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We know that many children and adults around the world cannot wait to read the new book, but we urge anyone who may have bought a copy of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince at The Real Canadian Superstore, 3000 Lougheed Highway, Coquitlam, British Columbia on Thursday July, 7, 2005, where it was temporarily placed on sale early or who have otherwise obtained it before July 16th 2005, to return their copies to Raincoast Books for just a few more days to preserve the excitement for all Harry Potter fans alike...

I wonder how they are going to embargo the Internet...

UPDATE: FLickr photoset of librarian processing Half-Blood Prince.

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I'm sure The Real Canadian Superstore received the books with a contract stipulating no sales before a certain date. So this is just a contractual breach case.

Probably the store will never receive any more popular books in advance ever again.

Heh, I can imagine:

"J.K. Rowling issued an official statement saying that if all the books were not returned by tomorrow, Hermionne would die in volume seven"

^-^

>> Hermionne would die in volume seven

Unless she kills her off in Half Blood Prince .. in which case it is all moot

I'm not sure I see the connection between this incident and the fear of an evolutionary divergence of the net into isolated "internets".

I'm not sure there is a connection...

My comment was that they can pass the law to gag people from talking about it in Canada, but what prevents people from Canada from reading web sites outside of Canada about it? Does it really make sense in this day and age to expect to be able to embargo information like this in a country that speaks English?

Thanks. I see.

> I wonder how they are going to embargo the Internet...
Simple. They will call RIAA to guide them.

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