Hari Puttar vs. Harry Potter

from the in-the-wizard-of-IP-law-suits dept

J.K. Rowling has been an aggressive user of intellectual property laws against anyone who she feels has done her wrong, and Warner Bros. studio, which owns the rights to the movies has been equally aggressive at times. The latest target, as sent in by a bunch of readers, is an Indian film by the name of Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors, about a young Indian boy who gets left home alone. If anything, you almost have to wonder if the makers of the film purposely picked a bunch of recognizable themes. There is the name, which potentially plays on both Harry Potter and Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors (which, of course, is public domain). Then there’s the story line, which seems similar to the Home Alone movies. So this film isn’t copying Rowling’s work, but the name certainly sounds like it could be.

The movie makers insist their Hari Puttar has nothing to do with Harry Potter. The storylines are entirely different. Hari is a popular Indian name and Puttar means “son” in Punjabi. Plus, when pronounced correctly, it doesn’t even sound like Harry Potter. That doesn’t mean that it wasn’t done on purpose, of course. So, yes, I can understand where Warner is coming from, but that still doesn’t necessarily make this a smart move. Leaving the movie as is doesn’t take any money away from Rowling or Warner. If anything, all this effort is doing is providing a lot more free publicity for the Hari Puttar movie — which may be exactly what the movie makers wanted.

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Ashwin (profile) says:


Of course, if this were the trend, then all the spoofs that keep getting made in Hollywood (Scary Movie, Meet the Spartans, etc…) which directly mock the originals would be in trouble. JK is getting obnoxious and too materialistic with her creations and might end up alienating a sect of people who have not read Harry Potter and were waiting for all the volumes to be out (and the crowd of tweens and teens to stop losing sleep and breath over it). Yeah, so I’m one. Wanna fight?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Obnoxious

long ago I started encouraging people not to buy her books. if they want to read them I suggest getting them from the library or borrow my copies, there are some excellent series that got their start as parody and rowling seems to go after anything that get close to being somewhat, kinda similar. heck, a lot of stuff in Harry Potter isn’t exactly original.

Anonymous Coward says:

wasn’t there a news post about harry potter being used in a different book much before JKR …. maybe they read her mind before she published her books and she should sue them too or maybe those poor folks should sue her for copyright infringement …

besides shes too late … as the article says … hari is a very popular Indian name and being Indian and Punjabi .. I’ve actually used the words Hari Putar with my 13 year old son as a joke … maybe i owe JKR some payments .. and i would have paid them too if i had not spent all my money on the stupid Hari Putar …. errrr…i mean Harry Potter .. books anyways …

snooptug says:

Anywhere there is money

Anywhere there is money to be made off of an obscure idea that someone might be pissed off (or getting pissed on, as eleete would say) there will be lawyers more than willing to find a similarly obscure court case to set against the plaintiff for injury of some kind. That is true in any country or part of the world.

Anonymous Coward says:

while it may have been warner bros with the lawsuit, i’d have to believe jk rowling had something to do with it given toward her past precedents on suing anyone doin parody or tributes to the work, which i believe probably wasnt entirely hers. come on now i hardly believe you just think of this whole franchise on a train ride without inspiration from anywhere else. besides now the money is goin to recieve so much extra cash due to the “streisand effect” sp

Rekrul says:

I’m still waiting for;

Hairy Putter and the Philosopher’s Bone
Hairy Putter and the Chambermaid’s Secrets
Hairy Putter and the Prisoner of Azka-Bondage
Hairy Putter and the Gonads of Fire
Hairy Putter and the Orders of Miss Phoenix
Hairy Putter and the Half-Bloodied Princess
Hairy Putter and the Breathy Swallows

Yes, I do need help. 🙂

waqas babar says:

India is one of the most copy-cat nations ever to exist in the world…………… 87% of their films are a complete rip off from Hollywood …… and 10% from cinema all around the world (irani , korean , etc ) only 3% are their orignal !

Finally Hollywood has come to its sense and sued the Indian photocopier( Bollywood ) !
leave alone the movies they blindly copy TV shows as well !

1.)Are you smarter than a fifth grader – copied to – kya aap panchwi pass se teez hain

2.)human tetris (Japanese) – copied to – hole in a wall

3.)for a long time there has been an indian show named shararat which was about magic …… then disney makes a show named wizards of waverly place with salena gomez in it…… so the indians turn the whole sharat thing just like selena gomez’s show ……

these are just simple examples i just gave in a minute …….actually there is a big long list of movies and Tv shows !!

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