Delhi HC restrains Bangalore firm from publishing Potter novel

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.

-PTI



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

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