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Harry Potter publisher to take legal action against retailers for shipping last book early

Scholastic to sue Levy Home Entertainment and deepdiscount.com for breaking the embargo.


22 July, 2007:

The last book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, was officially released on July 21, 2007 but spoilers had already made their way to the Internet at least a week before the release. Many pages of the scanned copies of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows were circulating on the web. Several sites on the Internet had displayed a seven-page epilogue and the table of contents from ‘Deathly Hallows'.

Apparently, two retailers shipped Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows to customers on July 17, 2007 -- four days before the official release.

The US publisher of the Harry Potter series, Scholastic, has said that it plans to take legal action against book distributors Levy Home Entertainment and DeepDiscount.com for breaching an embargo preventing the seventh Harry Potter book from being sold in America before 12:01 a.m./0401 GMT on July 21, 2007.

Although the leaked books formed only a one-hundredth of one percent out of the 12 million copies due to go on sale, fans were afraid they will get to see spoilers much before they actually read the book. As a result, several fan sites were trying to keep the spoilers at bay and author JK Rowling requested the public to not give away the final parts of the book. Rowling also asked fans to "ignore the misinformation popping up on the Web and in the press on the plot."





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