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Bloomsbury issues statement regarding Potter embargo.

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Bloomsbury, the publisher of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books, has issued a statement addressing speculation that the embargo on the release date of the final Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, could be broken.

The BBC had previously reported that the current agreement, which prevents retailers from selling the book before its official release date of 21 July, may not be adhered to by some shops.

According to Booktrade.info the publisher stated: "All retailers of Harry Potter have executed a legal embargo with Bloomsbury and wholesalers to ensure that everybody gets to read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows at the same time. We will take very seriously anyone who breaks the embargo".

Bloomsbury added: "Our embargo clearly states that in the event of a breach by one party, this does not release other retailers from the embargo to enable them to begin selling before 00.01 on July 21st. Bloomsbury would take immediate action against any copycat embargo breaching".

The publisher also revealed that it has an in-house media litigation specialist on secondment from Reynolds Porter Chamberlain ready to deal with any breaches.

Bloomsbury has asked that retailers report any breaking of the embargo direct to the company's sales director.
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