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  • Harry Potter Injunction

    Apparently a bookstore in Canada accidentally sold a few copies of the latest Harry Plopper to customers in advance of the embargo designed to max up the hype for Saturday's midnight launch. The response from the publisher and author is as follows:

    IMPORTANT NOTICE
    July 9, 2005
    Vancouver, B.C.

    You are hereby notified that on July 9th, 2005, at approximately 4:30 Pacific daylight time, the Honourable Madam Justice Gill granted a John and Jane Doe restraining order to Raincoast Books, Bloomsbury Publishing PLC and JK Rowling in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The court ordered an injunction;

    (i) restraining John/Jane Does and anyone who has directly or indirectly received a copy or any other form of disclosure of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling (“Harry Potter #6�) from John/Jane Does and anyone who is given notice of the order from copying or disclosing all or any part of Harry Potter #6 or any information derived therefrom including without limitation the story, plot or characters of Harry Potter #6 to any person prior to 12:01 a.m. local time on July 16, 2005 without the consent of the Plaintiffs’ solicitors save for information which has been made the subject of any press release issued or other communication made by or on behalf of and with the authority of the Plaintiffs;

    (ii) restraining John/Jane Does and anyone who is given notice of the order from displaying, reading, offering for sale, selling, exhibiting in public or without the express consent of the Plaintiffs possessing Harry Potter #6 prior to 12:01 a.m. local time on July 16, 2005;

    (iii) subject to paragraph (iv) below, restraining John/Jane Does, and anyone who has directly or indirectly received a copy or any other form of disclosure of Harry Potter #6 from John/Jane Does, and anyone who is given notice of the order, from making any use of, or destroying or concealing, or without the express consent of the Plaintiffs parting with possession, power, custody or control of any copy of Harry Potter #6 or any part of it or any copies thereof or any notes or descriptions of it prior to 12:01 a.m. local time on July 16, 2005;

    (iv) compelling John/Jane Does and each of them and anyone who has directly or indirectly received a copy or any other form of disclosure of Harry Potter #6 from John/Jane Does to deliver to the plaintiff Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd. forthwith any and all copies of Harry Potter #6 in their possession as well as any photocopies, photographs or electronic copies of any portion of that book and all notes or descriptions of it and to immediately delete all electronic copies of any part of that book in their possession or under their control.

    A certified copy of the formal order is available upon request from [email protected].
    http://raincoast.com/harrypotter/injunction.html

    I fully agree with this guy:

    Originally posted by Michael Geist
    The Harry Potter Injunction
    Having spent much of the day discussing the Harry Potter case, I find myself becoming increasingly troubled by the scope of the injunction issued by the B.C. Supreme Court. The injunction represents more than just a remarkable misuse of copyright law. Quite simply, it is an attack on freedom.

    The freedom to read (the order restrains reading the book).
    The freedom of expression (the order restrains discussing any aspect of the book).
    The freedom associated with personal property (the order compels anyone who has the book to return it, along with any notes, to Raincoast books).
    This is all done purely in the name of furthering commercial interests. In Canada, we have some narrow restrictions on hate speech and child pornography. But we do not issue court orders that prohibit children from reading books.

    For a judge to issue such a blatantly unconstitutional order is appalling. For a book publisher and a children's author to request such an order, is shameful. We should tell them so.
    http://www.michaelgeist.ca/index.php...temid=85&nsub=

    It make you realise how lucky we are to be fans of an author who treats his readers with the utmost respect and generosity!
    \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

  • #2
    What a bunch of BS.. I never liked Rowling as a person anyway.
    But I wonder if she was spurred on by her publishers and soliciters
    to take their view. Or is it just greed on her part..

    Nonetheless I wonder what Mike has to say about the issue?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Theocrat
      What a bunch of BS.. I never liked Rowling as a person anyway.
      But I wonder if she was spurred on by her publishers and soliciters
      to take their view. Or is it just greed on her part..
      It's all part of the publicity machine. Every year it's the same. Someone steals a copy of the latest HP novel from the printers, attempts to sell it to the highest bidder, then The Sun ('tits & arse' tabloid rag) 'rescues' it and returns it to the publishers, thus preventing 'criminals spoiling the plot for millions of loyal HP fans' by leaking details of the novel ahead of publication date. Then some copies get sold early by mistake, which further ramps up the hype machine, and so it goes.

      There's something very cynical about the whole HP enterprise that I find disturbing. It's practically getting like some blockbuster movies where you have to sign release forms promising not to review the film until after it's opened, so fearful are the distributors of bad reviews impacting on their profits.

      Everyone has to get pumped up into a state of hsterical excitment prior to the book's launch as though the contents are some sort of divine relevation or something (I'm thinking the Dead Gods' Book here). Supermarkets sell the damn thing at a massive discount (actually a loss more often than not) so they can bleat about how many millions of copies they've shifted. Bookshops open at midnight on launch day so they can grab some of the profits before the supermarkets open the next day and undercut them (that's if the supermarkets aren't opening at midnight as well).

      It's just a bloody book, for Zarquon's sake, not the Holy Grail! [broken link]

      The thing I just can't understand is these kids who buy the book on launch day and then read it by tea-time. 8O Whatever happened to taking your time and savouring a book? I just feel there's something disrespectful to an author who worked for months (if not years) on a book just for someone to read it in a matter of hours.

      I saw someone who'd just purchased a copy of HP 6 literally start reading it as she walked out of the shop! It's like watching crack addicts!

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      Last edited by Rothgo; 04-24-2010, 05:48 AM.
      _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
      _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
      _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
      _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by demos99
        The thing I just can't understand is these kids who buy the book on launch day and then read it by tea-time. 8O Whatever happened to taking your time and savouring a book?
        My daughter finished very quickly, not because she's an addict but because she enjoyed the story so much she couldn't put it down. She's a voracious reader, so it didn't surprise me. Soon as she was done, she handed it to her brother and was onto another book. Soon as he's done, she'll read it again. At least that's how it's gone the last five times.

        Originally posted by demos99
        I just feel there's something disrespectful to an author who worked for months (if not years) on a book just for someone to read it in a matter of hours.
        Not me. I have a very "to each his own" attitude about that. I personally don't have the time to read a book cover to cover in one sitting -- adult life doesn't allow for that -- but when I was a kid, it was commonplace for me to devour a book in a day.
        "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
        --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PsychicWarVeteran
          I personally don't have the time to read a book cover to cover in one sitting -- adult life doesn't allow for that --
          I'm glad I stayed at the door of "adult life" :D
          They almost tricked me in.
          Bastards.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by PsychicWarVeteran
            Originally posted by demos99
            The thing I just can't understand is these kids who buy the book on launch day and then read it by tea-time. 8O Whatever happened to taking your time and savouring a book?
            My daughter finished very quickly, not because she's an addict but because she enjoyed the story so much she couldn't put it down. She's a voracious reader, so it didn't surprise me. Soon as she was done, she handed it to her brother and was onto another book. Soon as he's done, she'll read it again. At least that's how it's gone the last five times.
            Well, of course I don't want to disrespect your daughter, PWV. :) If she enjoyed it and feels she had value for money then that's fine, I guess. I also used to be a fairly voracious reader in my youth - three books in one day was my record - but we're not talking Dickens or Hardy (or indeed HP) here. Since the latest HP novels tend to be in 600+ page range I'd expect them to take a fair while to plow through - a few years back it took me several months to read The Lord of the Rings at 1000+ pages, for instance. Seems to me that HP's readers are getting through the books in a matter of days, if not hours, so I wonder how much they're taking it. My wife reads books fast and can't remember half of what happened when she's finished.
            Originally posted by PsychicWarVeteran
            Originally posted by demos99
            I just feel there's something disrespectful to an author who worked for months (if not years) on a book just for someone to read it in a matter of hours.
            Not me. I have a very "to each his own" attitude about that. I personally don't have the time to read a book cover to cover in one sitting -- adult life doesn't allow for that -- but when I was a kid, it was commonplace for me to devour a book in a day.
            Well, it's diff'rent strokes for diff'rent folks, I suppose. I just see it as another part of the 'living life on fast forward' lifestyle that invades so much of modern life. Again I put it down to the hype that's manufactured around the HP novels - the intense secrecy that surrounds the books prior to publication, the urge placed on kids by the media to be 'the first to read' the new novel. The sense, indeed, that if you're not up to speed with the latest thang (in this context HP, but it could be Nike trainers or the next Kellogs' variety of cereal) then somehow you can't be 'in' with the other kids. I always prefered to go at my own pace than follow the herd all the time, but that's just me I guess.

            Now, where'd I put my pipe and comfy slippers? :)
            _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
            _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
            _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
            _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by demos99
              I saw someone who'd just purchased a copy of HP 6 literally start reading it as she walked out of the shop! It's like watching crack addicts!
              Not much of a difference is there...

              Reminds me of that horror movie Sam Neil was in..
              When people read a certain book which became a movie they became demons or something of the sort..

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              • #8
                Originally posted by demos99
                Well, of course I don't want to disrespect your daughter, PWV.
                Oh, I didn't take it that way. :)

                Originally posted by demos99
                Seems to me that HP's readers are getting through the books in a matter of days, if not hours, so I wonder how much they're taking it. My wife reads books fast and can't remember half of what happened when she's finished.
                I agree. I used to wonder how much she retained reading that fast. I've since come to learn that she can recollect the books she reads in great detail. It blows me away. Can't remember to do her chores, of course, but knows every detail about Harry Potter. :roll: Kids.
                "Wounds are all I'm made of. Did I hear you say that this is victory?"
                --Michael Moorcock, Veteran of the Psychic Wars

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mordenkainen
                  Originally posted by PsychicWarVeteran
                  I personally don't have the time to read a book cover to cover in one sitting -- adult life doesn't allow for that --
                  I'm glad I stayed at the door of "adult life" :D
                  They almost tricked me in.
                  Bastards.
                  :lol:

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                  • #10
                    Part of the HP secret is how they got adults reading it. This came from marketing the author as well as the book. A myth was forged about how, a single mother, she sat in a cafe for warmth as she scribbled the book through the Edinburgh winter.

                    The reality appears to be that she was always fairly well-heeled, and the cafe was owned by her brother.

                    I don't think this phenomenon of adults reading children's books (even published with a special 'adult' cover for those conscious of appearances) has happened before.

                    I think someone else has commented on this, but how many of the adults reading HP would be embarassed to be seen with Robert E Howard or even the latest Eternal Champion?

                    It's all an easy target, of course. But 'JK' can take it; she's richer than the Queen, by all accounts...

                    I wonder what sort of cut the marketers get?
                    \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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                    • #11
                      I have to admit that I read the new Harry Potter book the day it came out :oops: . Its not that I think its a particularly good book, but its nice and short and I can read it in a few hours so why not? I actually think the books are decent, the author develops her characters well and the settings are especially good in capturing the imagination of the youth. She manages to throw in just the right amount of adventure to make sure younger kids don't get scared but older kids don't get too bored (in the earlier books she seemed very careful to avoid anything too 'dangerous' so as not to put off readers but she doesn't do this as much anymore). There is some humour present as well. She seems to have developed quite a bit as a writer since the first but still takes absolutely ages to write a book compared to a lot of other writers!
                      All in all the series is based hugely by its marketing. It would not be much but for that. Of course it is over-rated but that shouldn't stop you reading a book that in the end isn't THAT bad!
                      I don't like the whole thing about having it strictly released on midnight but I guess its all part of the marketing.
                      Being young I have an excuse to read it anyway
                      As a person Rowling seems nice... I live quite near to her, her daughter is a the friend of a friend's sister and she seems sound enough. I always wondered whether all the marketing was Rowling's idea.

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                      • #12
                        There's an interview with JKR in todays Sunday Times (actually a reprint from Time magazine - see here) where she says:
                        ...she still constantly questions her writing, reviewing it like a boxer watching tapes of his fights. "I think Phoenix could have been shorter. I knew that, and I ran out of time and energy toward the end," she says. She is worried that Goblet was overpraised. "In every single book, there's stuff I would go back and rewrite," she says. "But I think I really planned the hell out of this one [Half-Blood Prince]. I took three months and just sat there and went over and over and over the plan, really fine-tuned it, looked at it from every angle. I had learnt, maybe, from past mistakes."
                        What will be interesting is to see where the HP fad goes after book 7. At the moment, there's a lot of hype and excitment because the series is still current (and I guess there are the movies to come as well), but if JKR sticks to her guns and never writes another HP novel again after the next one, how long will it take for HP to become 'old hat'?

                        I suppose it could be like Conan Doyle and Holmes - sheer public demand forces her to keep coming back every 10 years or so and doing another and another and another...
                        _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
                        _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
                        _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
                        _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by demos99
                          I suppose it could be like Conan Doyle and Holmes - sheer public demand forces her to keep coming back every 10 years or so and doing another and another and another...
                          Hope not, that really would spoil it. They aren't great books anyway and to do that would be pushing it even further. I think it will be better if she just does the seven and then moves onto something else, although she will always have the Harry Potter reputation.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HawkLord
                            I have to admit that I read the new Harry Potter book the day it came out...its nice and short and I can read it in a few hours...
                            According to Amazon HP&THBP is 607 pages long.

                            Must be some new definition of the word 'short' that I wasn't previously aware of. :P

                            If 607 pages makes for a short book, how big is the type on the actual pages?

                            At least she's got it down from 766 pages for HP&TOOTP. She once (reportedly) came out with a statement that each book would be longer than the last, which I thought at the time was a fundementally wrong way to approach writing.
                            _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
                            _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
                            _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
                            _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by demos99
                              Originally posted by HawkLord
                              I have to admit that I read the new Harry Potter book the day it came out...its nice and short and I can read it in a few hours...
                              According to Amazon HP&THBP is 607 pages long.

                              Must be some new definition of the word 'short' that I wasn't previously aware of. :P

                              If 607 pages makes for a short book, how big is the type on the actual pages?
                              The type is HUGE! Thats why its so short, plus its the kind of book which is really easy to read so that makes it seem *shorter*. I'm used to books being a lot longer than that or more difficult to read so for me it was a fairly short book. They could probably have done it in 400 pages at most if they had chosen a more sensible type size.

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