Copyright followup on Canadian Potter fiasco


Daniel sent over This Essay on Harry and the Canadian Lawyers. In a free and democratic society, a book publisher sought and obtained a court order banning reading and discussion of a children’s book. In fact, Raincoast had asked the court to go even further, by compelling purchasers to disclose the names, addresses, and other contact information of any other person with whom they discussed the book’s contents.


Citing copyright and trade law to get those people to rat out on whoever else they may have told about the book? Are these people serious? How low can they go? I was pretty much leaving this alone, but I just read Mr. Geist's essay, and I could not believe it. The powers that be make the mistake, and they go after the readers who had no clue or idea? And before someone out there says it was not Ms. Rowling but her lawyers, all I will say is, they are HER lawyers, meaning she could have called the dogs off, so to speak. I am not a fan of the series as is, but the fact this happened just lowered my opinion. Oh well, I guess life moves on, but this is the type of thing that could set a negative precedent.

And this is the same company that Greenpeace wants everyone to buy their copies of Harry Potter from. I think I will stick with Scholastic.

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