Sunday, July 10, 2005

Struggling to keep leaks silent
We thought the threat of any major leaks were over after the attempt to sell the books in the U.K. were fumbled a while back; apparently not.
Now, not even a week away from release date, there are still worries coming from the author and the publishing companies. Why? Such stunts as a Quebec Wal-Mart accidentally selling some copies before they were supposed to (as in, the release date). So far no leaks have been spotted from that or any other source.
Harry Potter's Canadian publisher has obtained a court injunction barring anyone from leaking the plot of the latest chapter in the mega best-selling book series on the eve of its publication.
Raincoast Books of Vancouver, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC of Britain and author J. K. Rowling were granted a so-called "John and Jane Dow" injunction Saturday in B.C. Supreme Court.
It restrains anyone who has directly or indirectly received a copy or any other form of disclosure of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from disclosing all or any information from the book before 12:01 a.m. next Saturday. The book's authorized publicity machine is, of course, exempted.
The court order also calls for anyone who's received unauthorized material from the book, sixth in the series, to turn it in to the publishers and delete any electronic copies.
The pre-emptive injunction comes after Raincoast and other Harry Potter publishers struggled to maintain their embargo on the last book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in June 2003.

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