I was just about to post up the menu for my Harry Potter nights at The Underground Restaurant which will take place, appropriately, on Halloween when I received the following letter from Warner brothers.
- Dear Ms Marmite Lover,
I have been asked to write to you by Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment UK(together, “Warner”).
We notice that you’re planning to hold a “Harry Potter Night at the Underground Restaurant” on 30th – 31st October 2009 with a Harry Potter style menu and butterbeer (the “Harry Potter Nights”) and that tickets are being sold for the Harry Potter Nights on http://www.wegottickets.com/location/2522. While we are delighted that you are such a fan of the Harry Potter series, unfortunately your proposed use of the Harry Potter Properties (as we explain below) without our consent would amount to an infringement of Warner’s rights.
As you may know, Warner owns the trade mark and owns and/or controls the copyrights in and to the Harry Potter series of films based on J.K. Rowling’s internationally acclaimed children’s novels. Warner also owns the associated merchandising rights and has licensed to others the right to use various aspects of the Harry Potter property including the Harry Potter name, stylised logo, the names of the characters, themes, incidents and other associated indicia from the series of Harry Potter books and films (collectively, the “Harry Potter Properties”) in respect of a wide variety of goods and services. In view of Warner’s ownership of these rights, no one may copy, license, exhibit, reproduce or otherwise trade on the Harry Potter Properties without the prior authorization and consent of Warner.
We would therefore ask that you refrain from holding and/or offering for sale any tickets to the Harry Potter Nights and confirm to me by return email that the Harry Potter Nights will not go ahead as planned. Warner does not, of course, object to you holding a generic wizard/Halloween night at the Underground Restaurant.
As I am sure you can appreciate, this email is not a complete statement of Warner’s rights, all of which are expressly reserved.
I look forward to hearing from you and please do feel free to call should you have any questions.
Legal and Business Affairs – Europe
Warner Bros. Entertainment Europe
98 Theobald’s Road, London, WC1X 8WB
I announced it on Twitter and there were plenty of jokes:
MsMarmitelover @aaronwhitelock vol de vents? The canape that must not be named?
Suburbman @MsMarmitelover I’m confused. I thought it was the bad guy who was “he who must not be named”
katethebake @MsMarmitelover can you call them HARRY POTTER fan NIGHT instead? j write “fan” v. small. they can’t knock their fans surely?!
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