Warner Bros., the studio behind the Harry Potter films, lost a court battle with the producers of an Indian film called 'Hari Puttar -- A Comedy of Terrors,' clearing the way for the new movie's release.
The American film giant had alleged that the Indian movie infringed on their Harry Potter copyright. But Mirchi Movies, defendants in the case, argued that the name "Hari" is quite common and that "puttar" is Punjab for "son."
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"It's clearly great to have won this case," Munish Purii, Mirchi's chief executive told The Associated Press. "We are hoping for a good release although the timing of the Warner case distracted us from marketing."
Rather than being a Harry Potter rip-off, the film is a virtual "Home Alone" remake. In it, 10-year-old Hari is left behind by his parents and must protect his scientist father's powerful computer chip from inept thieves.