Hari Puttar Case Thrown Out
Tue, 23 Sep 2008 10:58:37
Warner Brothers' suit against the Bollywood film Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors has been tossed out of the courts. The suit was recently dismissed by the Delhi High Court in India. Last month, the behemoth Hollywood studio claimed that Mumbai-based Mirchi Movies committed copyright infringement on its cornerstone Harry Potter franchise with the title, which was too similar for WB's taste. While it is commonplace for Bollywood films to borrow heavily from plots and titles from the Western world, Hari Puttar bore little thematic resemblance to any of the films in the Potter series.
One of the other reasons the case was dismissed was due to the fact that the studio failed to file suit in 2005, after it had originally filed a notice when Mirchi Movies announced the film. The judgment stated that those who read the Potter books are of a different consumer type and will not confuse it with the Puttar film.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff