And so we’ll have to wait for the Hari Puttar movie to be released in theatres. Warner Bros has fired a lawsuit against “all parties involved in the production and distribution of the Hari Puttar film” (I wonder if that includes the catering service). You see, Warner Bros claim Hari Puttar is too similar to some wizard boy franchise they have the rights of. The name’s Harry Potter, you may have heard of them.
Here’s why Warner Bros are wrong:
1) “Mirchi Movies, the makers of the Bollywood children’s film, have denied the accusations. […] Mirchi says that Hari is a popular Indian name, and Puttar means ‘son’ in Hindi and Punjabi.”
This makes one wonder: can people file lawsuits against using a popular name in a movie’s title? And if so, there must be one John Tucker out there who can go to the courts and file a lawsuit against a movie containing his name as well as containing a death threat. Also, “son”. It’ll be hard to be against the use of a word. What are Warner Bros trying to achieve? That from now on Punjabi parents will have to adress their sons as follows: “Come here, Hari, my not-daughter.”
2) Let’s never forget that Warner Bros should consider themselves quite lucky. After all, claiming it was Rowling who came up with the idea for her books is a bit of an overstatement. Discerning readers might want to discover the works of Anthony Horowitz.
So to sum up, Warner and co will protect their unoriginal ideas from being copied and people who speak Hindi or Pakistani are no longer allowed to call their sons “son” or give them a popular name.