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Does the Warner Brothers Suit Spell Hari Kari for Hari Puttar?

While the main characters in most movies generally survive through the final credits, in a bit of a plot twist, Warner Brothers is intent on killing off Hari Puttar (or at least the name, if not the actual character) even before the eponymously titled, Bollywood-produced film opens in September.   Warner Brothers has sued to enjoin Mumbai, India-based Mirchi Movies from releasing Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors, claiming that the film's title too closely resembles Harry Potter and infringes Warner Brothers' intellectual property rights, report Yahoo News and MSNBC.  But Mirchi's CEO Munish Purii points out that there's little likelihood that moviegoers will confuse the films; Hari is common name in India and "puttar" is Punabji for son.  Moreover, Hari Puttar tells a story of a boy who fends off robbers while left home by himself -- a tale more reminiscent of the movie, Home Alone rather than the Harry Potter franchise.

Does the Warner Brothers suit spell hari kari for Hari Puttar?  Or will Bollywood successfully fend off Hollywood in this battle of the studios?  As with all good movies, you'll have to wait patiently for the ending of this cliffhanger.

For additional discussion, see WSJ Law Blog.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on August 26, 2008 at 11:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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