Monday, July 11, 2005

Let the Buyer Beware!

I came across an interesting news story today that made me think. Basically, some store in Canada accidentally sold a few copies of the new Harry Potter book more than a week before the official release date. Yawn. But what's interesting is that the book's distributor won a court injunction "barring the buyers of 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince' from disclosing the plot." Additionally, the court ordered all copies be returned to the distributor.

This means that some poor Canadian child could have walked into his local bookstore and purchased a book he'd been waiting years for, but because the corporation behind the book decided it had been accidently sold a bit too early, a court of law decreed it must be returned and the little hoser has to keep his mouth shut about the storyline. I didn't know Canadian law granted merchants the right to refuse a transaction after the fact, or could restrict the freedom of speech to preserve marketing hype.

Could this be another step towards The Right to Read?

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