Settlement Reached in Wyrd Sisters Legal Battle Against WB


Mar 28, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

The Toronto Sun is reporting the lawsuit filed by Canadain folk band The Wyrd Sisters against Warner Bros. has been quietly settled. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed, for both parties are “subject to a confidentiality clause that prevents either side from revealing what, if any, money has changed hands.” As readers will recall, this settlement concludes a five-year long legal battle originated in mid-2005 when the band filed suit against WB claiming the use of the name “The Weird Sisters,” which was never used in the “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” film, harmed their reputation. Following a ruling on the original trademark infringement lawsuit, the band was ordered to pay a judgement of $140,000 to WB for various legal fees.

60 Responses to Settlement Reached in Wyrd Sisters Legal Battle Against WB

Avatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: Hmmm.Avatar ImageWillowEve says: Bwahaha! Probably the oddest lawsuit ever, aside from the burglar who sued his victims for having the garage automatically lock him in while they were on vacation.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Ha, wow. What people will do to try and get money! And I definitely agree with WillowEve, absolutely odd!Avatar Imageredwall_hp says: Well, I think Terry Pratchett needs to sue this band. According to Wikipedia, the "Wyrd Sisters" band has been active since 1990. Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel, by the same name, was published in 1988.Avatar Imagenwrosey says: WOW, some people are just STUPID!Avatar Imagenwrosey says: not the people commenting, but the Wyrd SistersAvatar ImageLoonyMaddie3 says: At first I didn't get this, but now that I do, I think it's really weirdAvatar ImageToNkS_rip says: are people seriously that desperate to have problems??Avatar Imagenellythemarrow says: @redwall_hp: that's just what I was thinking!Avatar ImageStellar Sound says: Wow. This is just ridiculous. I'm glad it's over, though.Avatar ImageTotal-Eclipse014 says: I didn't even know about this :L What a strange lawsuit Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: O.o Random is random.Avatar ImagetheREALGinnyWeasley says: wowAvatar ImageShinyPineapple says: wooow hahahaha did they really think that would work?Avatar ImageDarkmarkman says: thats pretty lame, its not even the same name, its just similar. the things people will do to make a buck.Avatar ImageWeetzie says: Harm their reputation?? I would be proud if I were them.Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: Very weird. I mean the movie didn't even mention! the name if i'm correct so I don't understand why they are suing WB. I mean it would of made a lil bit more sense if it was J.K. Rowling since the name is in the book, but still there is only so many words to put together names of books, bands, movies, before it starts becoming repetitive. Avatar Imagehoverpumpkin says: Well then. I sincerely hope this band (that I've never heard of) pays restitution to the estates of William Shakespeare and Raphael Holinshed, who actually originated the phrase "Weird Sisters." What a bunch of greedy creeps - I hope WB didn't have to pay out. Avatar ImageChasmosaur says: The thing I always thought was so odd about this particular case was that "The Weird Sisters" comes from Macbeth, for Pete's sake. It's Shakespearean, not an original label - completely in the public domain. Why they even thought they had a chance - or that being associated with one of the most popular book series in modern times was a bad thing - is beyond me.Avatar ImageMikeMagpuyo says: Gosh, these people! Grrr.Avatar ImageFilmGirl27 says: This has to go down as one of the stupidist lawsuits ever.Avatar ImageCatherine says: weird. no pun intended. idk why they think it would hurt thier reputation! i woule be honoured!Avatar Imagejasmineflower27 says: people can be so weird sometimes!!!Avatar ImageFresca says: The Wyrd sisters should have checked if their name was mentioned in the movie before starting a lawsuit!Avatar Imagetaoist1 says: I have a cousin named Harry. I think we may sue WB for using his name for main character : )Avatar ImageBech7Raven says: omg this is insanely stupid. The Weird Sisters aren't harming their reputation, this lawsuit is.Avatar ImageHBPFan says: Stupid people.. they'll do anything for money or extra publicity. Avatar Imagegaminette says: Somewhere in the ether, William Shakespeare is shaking his ghostly fist and saying, "A plague on both your houses! Where's my money?!?!"Avatar Imagebella vita says: I don't understand why WB settled with them at all. These people were clearly crazy because their suit had absolutely no merit what so ever especially considering that the name "The Weird Sisters" was never even used in the films at all in the first place so it can't possibly have "harmed" their so called "reputation". I guess maybe WB was just tired of dealing with these morons. I still can't believe those idiots kept this ridiculous argument up for 5 years to begin with.Avatar Imageleigia says: Weird. The band in the movie was a good opportunity, so why wouldn't they want to be associated by proxy with the movie band's name?Avatar Imagegingersnap188 says: hmmm...Avatar Imageredwall_hp says: To the above commenters who think that the phrase "Weird Sisters" comes from Shakespeare, you're mistaken, though not too much so. Shakespeare was one of the earliest writers to use the term in a popular work, but it comes from the triple goddess known as the "Sisters Weird," which is similar to the Greek "Fates."Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Makes no sense to me... not sure how it would harm their reputation? Wouldn't it help it? How odd... glad it's over with.Avatar ImageIceholic says: Ironic. Usually it's WB and co. filing stupid lawsuits due to alleged copyright infringements, that get settled outside court because regular people simply can't afford justice.Avatar Imagelurking_llama says: I think that they likely entered in to the lawsuit simply to gain publicity for a band which no one had ever heard of, since we are discussing them I think that their aim was achieved.Avatar ImageLove is the greatest magic says: They wanted money from WB and ended up not only not getting a penny but having to pay $140,000!!! How could they sue them in the first place when the name wasn't even mentioned in the film?Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: This entire lawsuit was completely idiotic because this name surfaced well before the Goblet of Fire was even published in other media, whose authors did not make an effort to sue Warner Brothers or J.K. Rowling. I hope the Wyrd Sisters are proud for the fifteen minutes of fame they have achieved by indulging their envy for the success of other parties.Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: Confusing and complicated............I really have no idea why the Toronto Star is doing this.Avatar Imageowanalilypotter says: Pfft, even if they were the "Weird Sisters" like in HP it wouldn't matter. I read somewhere that The Weird Sisters is another name for Shakespear's three witches in Macbeth, so it can be used as anything nowadays; it's no loger copyright.Avatar Imagealicia00 says: ohhAvatar Imagekyraptn says: Wow. That is so stupid.Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: @redwall_hp- actually, William Shakespeare needs to sue this band, because "The Weird Sisters" are the three witches from "Macbeth". And seeing as how they were mentioned in the original HP novels, I don't even think the WB had much to do with it- they were just claiming rights to JKR's material for the purposes of the film. I'm glad they got this settled, cause the whole thing seems kind of dumb to me.Avatar ImageChasmosaur says: redwall_hp - While you are correct, the most famous Shakespearean plays are all based on previous works. So technically, the term comes from the source material for Macbeth, but it was popularized by Macbeth. Splitting academic hairs. As for the settlement - I'm guessing this was about The Wyrd Sisters not talking about it anymore in exchange for not having to pay WB.Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: what a stupid band they failAvatar Imageimaginemagic says: but really, nice try weird sisters...Avatar Imagemaimiaa says: that's so lame. it's lamer than lame.Avatar ImageMiroca says: talking about overreacting...Avatar Imageharrygetsme says: i didn't even know about this little least it's settled now, though!Avatar ImageEvagirl says: I guess the wyrd sisters finally paid for all their extra PR... they deserved itAvatar Imagehalfbloodprincesss says: wow, can people sink any lower? honestly the Wyrd Sisters should just calm down, i mean who cares? just because 5 less people came to their show doesn't mean they can't still play musicAvatar ImageHermione_Granger_Weasley says: this is just sillyAvatar ImageXyra44 says: Some one mentioned Terry Pratchett and 1988 - go back even further. The Weird Sisters appear in Shakespeare's Macbeth, not to mention Chaucer, the history of the fair folk where they are the goddesses of destiny, and Scandanavian mythology. Just to name a few even older than 1988. The suit is just plain goofy.Avatar Imagehermionerules1844 says: Some people are just stupid. Their names are not even spelled the same.Avatar Imagehewy says: I thought their spelling "Wyrd" was pronounced Wired. Some folks will do anything for money and to make a name for themselves. Hope it cost them a bundle. Avatar Imageiamminerva says: I'm not a lawyer, but how could it be copyright infringement when the spelling is different? And how could anyone think that using the name of their band in Harry Potter would HARM their reputation?Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Thats just odd. Before now I hadn't even heard of this.Avatar Imagechrissyweasley99 says: That's pretty stupid. It wasn't even in the movie in the first place, but even if it was in the movie, it's not spelled the same, and I think that it would probably just attract more listners.Avatar ImageNot Slytherin says: What-the-heck-ever ... NEXT!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: I think this is all to promote the Wyrd Sisters, so they get more contriversy and more people will know about them and they'll get more listeners. But did anyone else doubt that this whole lawsuit thing was stupid in the first place?Avatar ImagePollytomat says: haha! it's so stupid! :)

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