Quote from Caranthir »Whereas - as a former veteran moderator myself - I can see you are just trying to do your job, exactly what kind of illegal activity is when a store, by accident, sells a novel before it shall be available?
How different it is from people opening and leaking cards they opened a week and a half before they are allowed to?
It's not like the guy stole it from the printing facility.
To shed some light on the issue from a UK standpoint: Certain products can place stores into an NDA style contract on distribution for selected works that would give out spoiler-like details for a product or brand. This is normally used for media franchises releasing movies, books, comics, etc that conclude their main storylines, and may extend to ancillary products such as toys, posters, clothing. etc etc.
These contracts place the stores themselves (or parent/holding companies) into a position of fault if they should be found as the source of any leaks they could not reasonably prevent. Selling a piece of time-sensitive merchandise in defiance of contract terms would be a breach of contract as it could be reasonably prevented, and if identified the company at fault could be open to a huge law suit - that they'd likely lose - with costs equal to whatever damage a judge decides has been done to the retail expectations of WOTC.
The way this would effect MTGS is that they would be considered as a conspirator at worse and in violation of copyright law at best if they allow discussion to take place on elements based on that particular story leak. Because of the nature of the incident, MTGS main holders would be liable for a lawsuit against them - which they'd likely lose - if they are unable to show they've taken every reasonable measure to prevent further spreading of the information. And because there is no way to verify that a persons comments are not based on the leaks, anything making specific comments has to be treated as if it is, and thus removed. Once the book is on public sale, MTGS would be under no obligation to limit the spread of information contained within.
Lastly, and correct me if this has been confirmed either way, but has anyone found out wether this is a genuine purchase or a store employee who's manufactured a receipt from the till? I don't mean to be rude or accusatory, but my Danganronpa sense of logic is buzzing, so being objective here I feel compelled to ask and find out either way.
I hope I've helped with peoples understandings of the legal mechanics, and if not... well, You're Welcome xD!!