Canadian Wyrd Sisters sue WB, et al

Published September 30, 2005 at 19:41 PM
by eudaemonia
from HPANA (via Chart Attack)

A canadian folk group, The Wyrd Sisters, is suing Warner Brothersopens in new window, Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and Radiohead's Phil Selway and Johnny Greenwood for trademark infringement on use of their band name in the upcoming film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

The all-female band was made aware of Warner Brothers' intent on using the name back in June when they were offered $5,000 (and later $50,000) for use of their name. Warner Brothers and representatives of the musicians have later reiterated that the name will not be used in the movie. However:

Baryluk's lawyer, Kimbery-Townley Smith, says ...the damage has already been done — people already associate The Wyrd Sisters with Harry Potter.

"If you go on the 'net nowopens in new window and put in Harry Potter and Wyrd Sisters you get 6,000 hits or something crazy like that. People know already and that's because up until recently Warner had them credited and the official word was that the name of the band was The Wyrd Sisters. They've already created an association between the name and the band and that's all you need."

Fans of the books, were already aware that the actual name of the group was in fact Weird Sistersopens in new window.

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