Warner Bros. Upset About Harry Popper Condoms

from the for-your-magic-wand dept

Warner Bros. has certainly been aggressive over the years in lawyering up any time anyone does anything that appears to be Harry Potter related. For example, you might remember when the studio sued to stop a Bollywood movie called Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors, which sounded like an Indian version of Home Alone more than an attempt to copy JK Rowling's creation. Warner Bros. failed to win that case, but now it's taking on one that might have a bit more life.

Apparently, the company is quite upset and pulling out the legal guns against a condom maker who is offering "Harry Popper" condoms in Switzerland. While you could have a strong "moron in a hurry" argument that there's no likelihood of confusion here, the condom company's decision to anthropomorphize the condom with round glasses and waving a magic wand in its "hand" probably doesn't help its cause:
I doubt anyone is confused into thinking this is somehow supported by either Warner Bros. or JK Rowling, it certainly does appear to be an attempt to build on the name recognition...


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    TtfnJohn (profile), Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 9:37am

    One would have to be a moron in an incredible hurry to confuse Harry Popper with Harry Potter.

    Warner Bros is spending money wisely here? No.

     

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    Richard (profile), Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 9:43am

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    One would have to be a moron in an incredible hurry to confuse Harry Popper with Harry Potter.
    Not if you saw the episode of "Extras" with Daniel Radcliffe in it.

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 9:53am

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    Which condom do I find that in? :-)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 9:59am

    er..

    Fix your html tags, dude:

     

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    cc (profile), Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 10:02am

    Why is WB suing, and not Rowling? Who has the trademarks on Harry Potter? Can they all have them at the same time?

     

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    Richard (profile), Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 10:29am

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    I was referring to this quote.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 10:58am

    Re: er..

    missing the a to start the anchor.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 10:58am

    I'm more interested in what moron in a hurry would go with a condom that is supposedly endorsed by... harry potter...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 11:11am

    Exactly, this is a case of WB preventing condom makers trying to market their product to children. This has to be stopped FOR THE CHILDREN!

     

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    techturf (profile), Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 11:21am

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    So true. OTOH, if Hermione endorsed them I'd buy them in a second.

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 11:26am

    Re: Re:

    Eeewwwww....

    (Whisper, whisper....me too....)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 11:28am

    Re:

    "Why is WB suing, and not Rowling? Who has the trademarks on Harry Potter? Can they all have them at the same time?"

    Sort of, yes. That's the wonder of licensing agreements...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 12:10pm

    Who in their right mind (moron in a hurry or not) would buy a condom named "Popper"?

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 12:13pm

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    I stand happily corrected!

    Now I know what condom I find that in. LOL

    Didn't know that existed but I still can't see how anyone could confuse a package of condoms with a Harry Potter book or movie. :)

     

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    The Infamous Joe (profile), Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 2:32pm

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    I came here to say this.

     

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    Rekrul, Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 4:14pm

    Can I still make a porno called "Hairy Putter and the Philosopher's Bone"?

     

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    BearGriz72 (profile), Aug 23rd, 2010 @ 5:04pm

    Re:

    *Shudder*

     

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    pshela, Aug 24th, 2010 @ 8:24am

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    Rekrul, Aug 24th, 2010 @ 6:27pm

    Re: Re:

    Don't forget the sequels;

    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 (Parts 1 & 2)

     

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    BearGriz72 (profile), Aug 27th, 2010 @ 4:08am

    Re: Re: Re:

    *Laughing & Crying Simultaneously*

     

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    Rekrul, Aug 28th, 2010 @ 8:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Did I mention the characters?

    Of course you have the star, Hairy Putter, his best friend Don Sleazy, and their female friend Myheinie Groper. The staff, Smalldus Dumbledork, Shagrid, Serious longsnake, etc. The villain Lord Baldiedork. And Hairy's nemesis, Paco Mouthboy.

    It'll be an epic series!

     

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