Followup: Indian Court Rules Against WB in “Hari Puttar” Case
Sep 22, 2008
A followup today regarding Warner Brothers and a legal case they had brought, seeking to stop the release of a film from India called “Hari Puttar.” The BBC is reporting the High Court in Delhi, India has rejected the suit filed by WB, saying “Warner Bros could have brought the case three years ago and said readers could easily distinguish Hari Puttar from Harry Potter. Mirchi Movies, the makers of the Bollywood film, said Hari Puttar had no connection with the Harry Potter movies. Mirchi told the court that Hari was a popular Indian name, and Puttar meant “son” in Hindi and Punjabi.”
The article describes the film in question as telling “the story of a 10-year-old boy who moves to England with his family and becomes involved in a plan to save the world.” The ruling means the film will be released later this month. The piece also noted “The case has been dismissed. 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,” lawyer Pratibha Singh was quoted by news agency AFP as saying.
The Delhi High Court also said that consumers who read the Harry Potter books, written by JK Rowling, were sufficiently educated to know that Hari Puttar was different, the agency quoted the lawyer as saying.”