Harry Potter Author “J.K. Rowling” Sues Indian Festival

October 14, 2007 at 2:44 am 9 comments

Okay, let me start by saying that I understand that the Harry Potter series is the intellectual property of J.K. Rowling, and she has the right to protect it. Now, with that being said:

What a greedy, money-hungry, penny-pinching, dog-faced witch!

“Oh! Boo-hoo! I only made $1.5 BILLION off the first 6 books!” (I have not been able to find what she made off the seventh book and the movies.) “I can barely pay my rent! I think I will sue some poor ass Indians for $50,000 so I can buy a new pair of shoes!”

I hope this bitch gets face cancer and her dog bites her.

Yahoo! News reports on the AFP story:

“Rowling and her publishers Bloomsbury are seeking two million rupees (50,000 dollars) from the organisers constructing an elaborate castle from canvas and papier mache in Kolkata for the upcoming Durga Puja festival, court officials said.”

The festival organising secretary, Santunu Biswas, said his team would go ahead with the preparations for the four-day festivities, eastern India’s most celebrated annual religious carnival.

“What we are building is not a violation of copyright act anywhere in the world because it’s a religious festival and has nothing to do with money-making,” Biswas told AFP.

Another organiser, Robin Mukherjee, said he was stunned.

“The summons came at a time when the marquee is almost ready and we don’t know what to do now as we cannot afford to pay the fine,” the visibly angry official added.

“It’s just a theme …We have also modelled the Titanic and no-one sued us,” he said.

I hate people like her.

Rowling sues Indian festival for building replica of Hogwarts Castle

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  • 1. gukseon  |  October 14, 2007 at 6:07 am

    That is absolutely ridiculous… maybe it’s just me but I don’t find this to be any different from, say, a bunch of anime fans doing cosplay. How this constitutes intellectual theft is absolutely beyond me—the people in the festival aren’t claiming to have invented Harry Potter, and they’re not selling the castle, so what’s the big deal?

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  • 2. hughstan  |  October 14, 2007 at 6:51 am

    That suit fizzled. The building is going ahead.

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  • 3. Denise  |  October 14, 2007 at 1:04 pm

    Hear hear!

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  • 4. Joe  |  October 14, 2007 at 1:17 pm

    “What a greedy, money-hungry, penny-pinching, dog-faced witch!”
    You shouldn’t beat about the bush Slugga… Say what you feel !

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  • 5. Hillary  |  October 21, 2007 at 12:53 am

    Witch!

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  • 6. giftie  |  November 2, 2007 at 3:30 am

    Rowling is an extremely unlikeable person, IMO. I enjoyed her first few books, but each time I hear her speak she leaves an unpleasant impression. She seems to have a major chip on her shoulder. Not a nice person.

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  • 7. Marc  |  November 21, 2007 at 8:30 pm

    lol… ever heard of the media and biased reporting? check out what JKR has to say on this:

    http://www.jkrowling.com/textonly/en/rubbishbin_view.cfm?id=17
    Recently there were a number of reports that Warner Bros. and I had taken legal action against religious charities in India because they constructed a Hogwarts castle as part of a Hindu festival. Here are the facts.

    The defendants were not religious charities, and theirs was not a religious celebration. On the contrary, it was a large-scale, commercial, sponsored event involving corporations that included a major Indian high street bank. The event was, however, set up while a Hindu festival was going on.

    It was Warner Bros who brought the case, because the rights that were being infringed belong to them, not me. My name has to be attached to such proceedings as a legal technicality, because I am the underlying creator of Harry Potter series.

    Also due to a technicality, Warner Bros were obliged to claim damages as part of their claim. However, they waived this right, and neither sought nor obtained any financial compensation. It is completely false to assert that they, or I, were trying to take money from anybody, let alone two million rupees.

    The court ruled that Warner Bros. rights had indeed been infringed, and that events such as the one in question would need Warner Bros.’ permission in the future. The court also restrained all the defendants from any future events infringing Warner Bros. rights.

    Some of the news agencies and newspapers who misreported this story subsequently issued corrections and apologies, but the original, false story is still doing the rounds. In the immortal words of Mark Twain, ‘a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on.’

    **sluggabohn says: Thanks for that info, Marc. I did some more searching and came up with another story as follows. So the truth evidently depends upon who you ask, eh?

    JK Rowling & Warner Brothers Sue Over Hogwarts Structure
    Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is suing a community group in India after it recreated the fictional Hogwarts School for a festival. Rowling and Warner Brothers – which controls the rights to the boy wizard franchise in India – have mounted a legal battle against the Kolkata organization, seeking $50,000 in damages for breach of copyright.

    The group is alleged to have erected a $30,000 structure in the shape of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the four-day Hindu festival of Goddess Durga, celebrating the victory of good over evil.

    Santanu Biswas, secretary of FD Block Puja Committee of Salt Lake – the group at the center of the allegations – insists they did not realize they had contravened any copyrights, but will destroy the structure if necessary.

    He says, “We had no clue that we had to seek permission from the author. Our lawyer in Delhi will appear before the court tomorrow to explain our stand. We did not have any commercial motive behind this. The immense popularity of Harry Potter prompted us to choose this as a theme to get more footfalls for our pandals (temporary structures for the festival). If they are still not satisfied, we will dismantle the pandal.”

    The Durja Puja festival – the biggest Hindu festival in east India – is set to begin on October 17.

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  • 8. wXicdpTcWzwieVlJUwk  |  May 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    fZLvmZ

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  • 9. Kitty  |  May 31, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    She’s a cow.

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