Delhi HC restrains Bangalore firm from publishing Potter novel
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Last Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 22:56
New Delhi: In a boost to Harry Potter writer J K Rowling and Hollywood production house Warner Brothers, the Delhi High Court today restrained Bangalore-based City Publication from publishing a 'fake novel' using characters of the famous children story book series.

Justice Manmohan Singh agreed with a petition by J K Rowling and Warner Brothers that City Publication was selling a fake novel, using the name of the writer and same characters and same title 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows' -- the seventh and final of the Harry Potter novels written by the British author.

The court agreed with the submission made by Rowling's counsel Jyoti Taneja that City Publication has violated the trademark and copyright of J K Rowling and Warner Brothers.

City Publication's had earlier published the sixth novel of the British author - 'Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince'.

However, when the seventh novel 'Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows' was released in July 2007, City Publication came out with an "unauthorised" reproduction by writing a new version of the story with all its characters.

The version was released a week after the release of Rowling's original work with the cover art of the original novel of the UK.

The court had already passed an injunction against City Publication on October 2, 2007.


First Published: Wednesday, January 13, 2010, 22:56

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