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Settlement Reached in Wyrd Sisters Legal Battle Against WB

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Posted by: Edward
March 28, 2010, 02:13 PM

The Toronto Sun is reporting the lawsuit filed by Canadain folk band The Wyrd Sisters against Warner Bros. has been quietly settled.  Details of the settlement have not been disclosed, for both parties are "subject to a confidentiality clause that prevents either side from revealing what, if any, money has changed hands."  As readers will recall, this settlement concludes a five-year long legal battle originated in mid-2005 when the band filed suit against WB claiming the use of the name "The Weird Sisters," which was never used in the "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" film, harmed their reputation.  Following a ruling on the original trademark infringement lawsuit, the band was ordered to pay a judgement of $140,000 to WB for various legal fees.

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58 Comments

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1985 Points

Very weird. I mean the movie didn’t even mention! the name if i’m correct so I don’t understand why they are suing WB. I mean it would of made a lil bit more sense if it was J.K. Rowling since the name is in the book, but still there is only so many words to put together names of books, bands, movies, before it starts becoming repetitive.

Posted by jhangelgurl (ITC!) on March 28, 2010, 04:29 PM report to moderator
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27 Points

Well then. I sincerely hope this band (that I’ve never heard of) pays restitution to the estates of William Shakespeare and Raphael Holinshed, who actually originated the phrase “Weird Sisters.” What a bunch of greedy creeps – I hope WB didn’t have to pay out.

Posted by hoverpumpkin on March 28, 2010, 04:30 PM report to moderator
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The thing I always thought was so odd about this particular case was that “The Weird Sisters” comes from Macbeth, for Pete’s sake. It’s Shakespearean, not an original label – completely in the public domain. Why they even thought they had a chance – or that being associated with one of the most popular book series in modern times was a bad thing – is beyond me.

Posted by Chasmosaur on March 28, 2010, 04:31 PM report to moderator
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298 Points

Gosh, these people! Grrr.

Posted by MikeMagpuyo on March 28, 2010, 04:48 PM report to moderator
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16322 Points

This has to go down as one of the stupidist lawsuits ever.

Posted by FilmGirl27 *Team Weasley!* (ROAR!!) on March 28, 2010, 05:07 PM report to moderator
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3455 Points

weird. no pun intended. idk why they think it would hurt thier reputation! i woule be honoured!

Posted by Catherine ( *SQUEE!*) on March 28, 2010, 05:17 PM report to moderator
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977 Points

people can be so weird sometimes!!!

Posted by jasmineflower27 on March 28, 2010, 05:21 PM report to moderator
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4208 Points

The Wyrd sisters should have checked if their name was mentioned in the movie before starting a lawsuit!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on March 28, 2010, 05:22 PM report to moderator
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300 Points

I have a cousin named Harry. I think we may sue WB for using his name for main character : )

Posted by taoist1 on March 28, 2010, 05:44 PM report to moderator
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125 Points

omg this is insanely stupid. The Weird Sisters aren’t harming their reputation, this lawsuit is.

Posted by Bech7Raven [WBM] on March 28, 2010, 05:51 PM report to moderator
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4881 Points

Stupid people.. they’ll do anything for money or extra publicity.

Posted by HBPFan [ITC!] - CatPhoenix14 on March 28, 2010, 06:01 PM report to moderator
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3465 Points

Somewhere in the ether, William Shakespeare is shaking his ghostly fist and saying, “A plague on both your houses! Where’s my money?!?!”

Posted by gaminette [GTFO!] on March 28, 2010, 06:02 PM report to moderator
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510 Points

I don’t understand why WB settled with them at all. These people were clearly crazy because their suit had absolutely no merit what so ever especially considering that the name “The Weird Sisters” was never even used in the films at all in the first place so it can’t possibly have “harmed” their so called “reputation”. I guess maybe WB was just tired of dealing with these morons. I still can’t believe those idiots kept this ridiculous argument up for 5 years to begin with.

Posted by bella vita on March 28, 2010, 06:07 PM report to moderator
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276 Points

Weird. The band in the movie was a good opportunity, so why wouldn’t they want to be associated by proxy with the movie band’s name?

Posted by leigia on March 28, 2010, 06:10 PM report to moderator
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16832 Points

hmmm…

Posted by gingersnape on March 28, 2010, 06:25 PM report to moderator
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