Hindu Group Wins Harry Potter Row

October 12, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News


A court in Delhi has rejected a claim for breach of copyright brought by lawyers acting for the company behind the Harry Potter films.

The ruling means a group in Calcutta building a huge model based on the school for wizards in the Harry Potter books can complete their work.

The huge replica was being made as part of celebrations for a Hindu festival.

Lawyers acting for Warner Brothers, with author JK Rowling's backing, said the event did not follow their rules.

They said the organisers had not applied for permission.

In a statement the lawyers said the court had "recognised that such events cannot proceed without Warner Bros' permission, which should have been obtained", but that it had decided it was too late to stop this event going ahead.