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Canadian Band "Wyrd Sisters" Sues WB

Posted by: Melissa
September 30, 2005, 07:50 PM

ChartAttack reports that Canadian folk band Wyrd Sisters has sued Warner Brothers Entertainment Canada, Warner Brothers Records, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Radiohead's Phil Selway and Johnny Greenwood for trademark infringement in an Ontario court. Their attorney, Kimberly Townley Smith, complained:

If youContinued...

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

"Ask Jo" Poll Results

Posted by: Melissa
July 08, 2005, 11:15 PM

The "Ask Jo" contest is over, and the points stand thus:
1. theotherhermit, with 20% of the vote
2. RedMane, with 19% of the vote
3. hpmons, with 13% of the vote

The three questions that TLC will definitely ask Jo Rowling on July 16 are, respectively:

- Do memories in a Pensieve reflect reality or the views of the personContinued...

Legal

JKR's Injunction: Some Analysis

Posted by: Melissa
June 15, 2005, 09:50 AM

TLC was able to obtain a copy of the injunction granted to J.K. Rowling regarding disclosure of the contents of book six (read the intial story here); you can read the PDF here (but make sure you have Adobe Reader so you can open the document).
The order is broader than the original newspaper articles implied; anyoneContinued...

J.K. Rowling

'Potter' Parody Poses Trouble for US Army

Posted by: sue
February 06, 2005, 08:31 AM

An issue of a training manual published by the U.S. Army containing a cartoon parody is turning out to be no laughing matter for J.K.Rowling and her attorneys. The Times of London reports that in a recent issue of "Preventative Maintenance Monthly", the training manual featured a cartoon strip withContinued...

Leaky

2004: The Year in HP: A Leaky Cauldron Review

Posted by: Melissa
December 31, 2004, 06:26 PM

Happy New Year everyone! Because 2005 is going to be such a big year for Harry
Potter
fans, we thought now was a good time to look back at 2004, which
wasn't too shabby either where we're concerned. Editor Sue scoured our archives
and found all our 2004 highlights, so we hope you enjoy this littleContinued...

WB takes piracy precautions

Posted by: Melissa
May 31, 2004, 09:07 AM

Warner Brothers has a high-tech plan to foil piracy of Prisoner of Azkaban, the Guardian reports.

Military-style night-sights have been sent to every outlet in the country showing the new Harry Potter film, The Prisoner of Azkaban.
Staff have been instructed to spend all two hours and 22 minutes of the film scanning theContinued...

Time Warner Loses Suit

Posted by: Kristin
December 18, 2003, 08:19 AM

In Australia yesterday:
It was not the Ministry of Magic but the Federal Court that delivered a howler message to entertainment giant Time Warner yesterday.

Justice Murray Wilcox found that the company did not have a monopoly on the moniker Harry Potter, finding in favour of clothing chain Wombat, which devised the "harryContinued...

Misc

More on 'Seabottom'

Posted by: Kristin
October 14, 2003, 07:00 AM

TLC Reader Cathy wrote to us with a bit of research on what the recently registered Harry Potter titles may mean. Click on the link below to read her notes, but in summary, her conclusion is what Melissa suggested - that these are likely titles of computer games. Thanks, Cathy!
Yesterday, you listed the notification about theContinued...

China Also Having Potter Problems

Posted by: Melissa
July 15, 2003, 08:16 AM

BBC News reports that China is having its share of problems with unauthorized translations of OotP hitting the web.
Thanks, Derek!

The Piracy of Harry Potter

Posted by: Melissa
July 14, 2003, 09:23 AM

The Ledger has an article discussing the legalities of downloading books, including Harry Potter.

German Potter Fans Told To Stop Translation

Posted by: Melissa
July 09, 2003, 04:07 PM

Newsround reports that German Harry Potter fans are being told to stop translating the English version of OotP into German. The German version will not be published until November 8, 2003.

Findlaw Posts Rowling Suit

Posted by: Melissa
June 19, 2003, 05:36 PM

Those who would like to read what was filed in the court case against the New York Daily News can find it in this PDF document.

Committee for the Struggle Against Witchcraft

Posted by: Melissa
May 19, 2003, 03:05 PM

Thanks to David for sending us this snippet from The Week Magazine. It sounds like Arthur Weasley will have his hands full:

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Denounce your neighbor: The Saudi religious police have launched a Web site where Saudis can anonymously accuse their neighbors of violating religious laws,Continued...

Update on Harry Potter and Jhontu

Posted by: Melissa
May 19, 2003, 11:29 AM

You may recall some months ago that Indian publishing houses Sahitya Tirtha and Nandita Publishers were in a dispute with WB and J.K. Rowling over Harry Potter Kolkataye - a book which author Uttam Ghosh sets the boy wizard in Kolkata and introduces a native boy named Jhontu.
The Times of India has an update onContinued...

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