Indian film avoids 'Harry Potter' case vs. studio
A New Delhi high court Monday rejected Warner Bros.’ lawsuit against an Indian film with a name perilously close to J.K. Rowling’s boy wizard.
Mirchi Movies’ “Hari puttar: A Comedy of Terrors,” which was skedded to be released Sept. 12, will now be released Friday after Justice Reva Khetrapal refused to issue a stay order on its release.
Warners had complained that the name infringes on its “Harry Potter” titles.
“Hari puttar,” which means God’s son in Hindi and Punjabi and is pronounced “hurry puther,” is about a 10-year-old boy who moves to Blighty to save the world.
Attorney Pratibha Singh told AFP, “The court said that Warner Bros had known the title of the film since 2005 and had delayed bringing the case to court until the last moment.”
Warners spokesman Scott Rowe said, “We brought these proceedings because we believe that the proposed title and marketing of the defendants’ film infringed our intellectual property rights and unfairly sought to confuse consumers and benefit from the well-known and well-loved Harry Potter brand.
“As a content company, it is imperative that we continue to protect our valuable intellectual property rights in this property and we will now be reviewing the judgment and considering our options.”