Group Apply for Injunction Banning “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” in Canada
In September, the little-known Winnipeg folk group The Wyrd Sisters filed a lawsuit (seeking over $40 million in compensation) against Warner Bros. The same lawsuit affected the people who play in the Yule Ball band: Jarvis Cocker of the group Pulp, and Jonny Greenwood, and Phil Selway of Radiohead. They did so believing the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie contains a scene featuring this band with the same name as theirs. It was announced yesterday that the group has now secured a November 4 court date where they hope to have the film barred from distribution across Canada.
WB has adamantly denied this, saying there is no reference whatsoever to any band named “The Wyrd Sisters” in the flick. “There is absolutely no name…for the band that is playing. They are never identified by name.”
Many people are concerned that The Wyrd Sisters are making these claims to gain some much-desired publicity, but lead singer Kim Baryluk says: “I really feel that morally we have the right to own our name and we have a right to go about our business without interference.”
Let’s hope that they lose for the sake of Canadian fans.