While I thought I was done with the Harry Potter story, this afternoon a blog reader forwarded a copy of the actual Potter Order. The terms are the same as those posted on the Internet by Raincoast Books. However, the original is quite revealing since it also includes several provisions that the judge refused to include in the order. In particular, the judge declined to:
- create a media publication ban on any aspect of the Potter novel not authorized by the publisher
- restrain unpacking or distributing the Potter novel
- compel all purchasers of the book to disclose full details of their purchase including names, addresses, and contact information
- compel anyone who had read the book to provide full details about anyone with whom they may have discussed the contents of the book
There are two things to take from this additional level of detail. First, Raincoast Books sought an order that not only would curtail basic freedoms but it also targeted individual privacy by literally seeking legal authority to compel disclosure about anyone who may have learned of the contents of the book. Second, the judge that issued this order did indeed consider the consequences of the order and amazingly felt that it was appropriate to limit the freedom to read, freedom of speech, and the freedom of personal property.