Tuesday, August 26, 2008

We make lawsuits not art

This is ridiculous. Now you can't even parody a title?

"There is absolutely nothing to link 'Hari Puttar' with 'Harry Potter,'" said Munish Purii, chief executive officer of Mumbai-based producer Mirchi Movies. Hari is a common name in India and "puttar" is Punabji for son, he said.

"Even if it does rhyme with Harry Potter, surely there is a limit to cases?" said Tarun Adarsh, editor of Trade Guide magazine.

The film is not a tale of wizard spells or flying broomsticks, but rather a story of an Indian boy left home alone, who fights off burglars when his parents go away on vacation - a plot more reminiscent of the film "Home Alone," starring Macaulay Culkin.

Warner Bros. is seeking an injunction against the film, which is set for release Sept. 12. Hearings began Monday and the next is scheduled for Sept. 2.

Ever since the file-sharing lawsuits started, the RIAA and MPAA have seemed more interested in generating revenue from lawsuits than from producing music and movies.

Vân emailed me this story. The title of this post is itself a parody (ha ha, get it) of this blog's title.

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