Harry Potter and the idiocy of Copyrights

No, that is not the title of the next Harri Puttar. It’s how a slavishly devotional fan base that has spent millions of rupees buying your books, watching your movies, purchasing all your assorted paraphrenalia gets repaid. By getting sued when they pay homage to you.

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Harry Potter and the Hindu gods

A community group in the Indian city of Calcutta says it has been sued by JK Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter books, for breach of copyright.

The group has been building a huge model based on Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry as part of celebrations for a Hindu festival.

If you want to know all the ways in which copyrights have gone amok in this society of ours, just go read Dean Baker.

1 comment for “Harry Potter and the idiocy of Copyrights

  1. October 13, 2007 at 9:19 am

    The funny thing is that the history of Bengali literature and culture–and many others–is in large part a history of exactly the types of transactions, negotiations and transpositions that the current intellectual properties regime outlaws. Which is why someday we will study it with wonder.