- Title: INDIA/FILE : Court frees Indian film from Harry Potter spell
- Date: 24th September 2008
- Summary: ' NEW DELHI, INDIA (SEPTEMBER 22, 2008) (ANI) EXTERIOR 'DELHI HIGH COURT' (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) MANISH PURI, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, MIRCHI MOVIES LIMITED, THE PRODUCER OF 'HARI PUTTAR', SAYING: "We are happy. We have worked hard for the movie and now with Pratibha Singh on this case the movie would now release on Friday and the premiere would take place on Thursday. We are happy, 'Hari Puttar' is completely Indian, it's a nice feeling." PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF COURT (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) PRATIBHA SINGH, THE LAWYER OF 'MIRCHI MOVIES, SAYING: "Justice Reva Khanna said that Warner Brothers cannot get the stay because they delayed it from 2005. Also, the lower courts have maintained that there are no similarities between the stories of the two movies. And because of the delay, they could not get the stay."
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- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
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- Story Text: A court in the Indian capital, New Delhi, has dismissed Warner Brothers' petition against the makers of Bollywood film 'Hari Puttar' over claimed similarities to title and content of the international film 'Harry Potter'.
An Indian court has cleared a Bollywood film accused of plagiarising the "Harry Potter" brand, saying viewers would not confuse the international film and book series with "Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors".
Dismissing the plea against the Hindi-language film, Delhi High Court said Warner Bros., which owns the rights to Harry Potter movies, had made "belated attempt to trip up" the film.
"Viewed from any angle, the plaintiffs have failed to establish a prima facie case for the grant of an ad interim injunction," Justice Reva Khetrapal said in an order on Monday (September 22) obtained by Reuters.
The Hollywood studio had started proceedings against the makers of "Hari Puttar" over similarities to the Harry Potter brand, said Warner Bros. spokeswoman Deborah Lincoln.
The producers of "Hari Puttar" said they had registered the title more than two years ago and the film bore no resemblance to the "Harry Potter" franchise.
"Justice Reva Khetrapal said the class of viewers was such that they would not get confused with the title of the film," Pratibha Singh, the defence counsel, told Reuters.
"A Hindi-speaking, rural child would not have heard of Harry Potter, while the English-speaking, urban viewer would be so well versed with Harry Potter that there would be no reason for them to be confused,"
Singh quoted the judge as saying.
Warner Bros. said it had sued the Indian company to defend its intellectual property rights because the title "Hari Puttar"
"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,"
Lincoln said in an e-mailed statement.
"Hari Puttar", initially slated to open in cinemas on September 12, is the story of a boy fighting two criminals trying to steal a secret formula devised by the boy's scientist father.
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