Harry Potter abuses the legal system

Some bookstore in Canada accidentally1 sold a few copies of the new Harry Potter book. The publisher, Raincoast, responded by getting an injunction:

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.

Even more absurd is that they want the purchasers of the books to return them to the publisher until the official release date, thereby punishing their customers for a mistake made by a bookseller, who is the only entity they have a legitimate complaint against. They even go so far as to make a thinly-veiled threat to anyone who might dare to write a review before the release date. Great customer service, guys. I’ll be sure to never buy a book published by you (there’s already not much danger that I’ll buy a book by JK Rowling).

What I don’t get is how they got a court to go along with this or how this could be even remotely enforceable, even in Canada. And here I thought this kind of bullshit was only a US thing.

1. I can’t imagine how a store could accidentally sell a book that the publisher has made so much noise about keeping secret. In fact, I suspect no books were actually sold at all. I suspect this is just a publicity stunt, like all the secrecy itself.


heather_lbc says:

You should spend yuor money on C93 tix instead of the book anyway!!!!

I wonder about your last point…perhaps no books were sold at all..interesting. Moneygrubbers!