Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Harry Potter Silliness
I know there is a big day coming, the new book hitting stores and all. And I know they have tight lids on the supply with the idea of keeping the contents of the book secret until it is released all at once on Saturday. But, this seems a bit overboard.
[A Canadian store] slipped up and sold 14 copies before realizing its mistake.

"It was an inadvertent error on behalf of one of our staff," said Geoff Wilson, a spokesman for the Real Canadian Superstore. He said the books were quickly removed.

Justice Kristi Gill last Saturday ordered customers not to talk about the book, copy it, sell it or even read it before it is officially released at 12:01 a.m. July 16.

The order also compels them to return the novel to the publisher, Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd., until the official release.
We're not dealing with nuclear secrets here (or the identity of undercover CIA operatives)--it's a children's book. I haven't read any of them, but what kind of secrets can it have that necessitate unsuspecting shoppers get a court order?

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