‘Harry Potter’ class lands UNH in hot water with Warner Bros.
In September, the company sent a cease and desist letter to the university requesting that it stop using trademarks Warner Bros. felt were infringing upon the company’s rights.
Michelle Gluck, special counsel for the University System of New Hampshire, said the two sides were able to reach a resolution without any formal proceedings, and the university is planning to offer the course again this summer.
“We do not believe there will be any further interaction with Warner Bros. over the course,” Gluck said.
“Otherwise you would never be able to teach a living author,” Gluck said.
But Warner Bros. holds most of the rights to the trademarks associated with Harry Potter, including things that Gluck said the university did not feel were unique to the book, including titling one class “Potions.”
To use the “Harry Potter” trademarks or properties for any kind of entertainment purpose or for goods to be sold a license is required.
She said Warner Bros. expressed concern that the design of the courses could create confusion, which is what the trademark law was designed to prevent.
“They thought the consumer could confuse the course with something being offered by Warner Bros. … that is not our position,” Gluck said.
Gluck said it is unusual for the university to receive such an order.
“Most of the things that adult students study don’t have the same cache as children’s literature,” Gluck said.
“Warner Bros. has a reputation of being very active in trying to protect the “Harry Potter” trademarks to the point of shutting down things that really don’t reflect on it all, but that is the path they have chosen to take,” Gluck said.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Enrollments declining in Hudson, but school budget increases still expected - 0
- New NHIA president painting a picture of expansion - 0
- Sources say former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card to be tapped as Franklin Pierce president - 3
- Students prepare to set sail at Tri-City Christian Academy - 0
- Local teacher makes trip to arctic - 0
- Teacher 'thrilled' at being reinstated - 7
- Scholar of the Month: Plymouth junior operates on 'full-sprint theory' - 0
- Software upgrade delays grades - 0
- Derry School Board to hold forum on Facility Needs Study - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Police say Franklin man and woman facing charge of attempted prostitution of a minor - 0
- Police say hit-and-run driver was observed tossing beer cans from car - 0
- City championship on the line Thanksgiving Day - 0
- Your Turn, NH -- Mike Moffett: Republicans can win in 2016 with Kasich at the top of the ticket - 3
- On being American: A point for reflection - 0
- Charles Arlinghaus: 'Tis the season for budget games and gimmicks - 0
- Police say woman stole pocketbook at Hudson Market Basket - 0
- Police say former manager of Hudson McDonald's stole $10k from restaurant - 0
- Manchester school exec contract squeaks by - 4
Manchester school exec contract squeaks by
Pipes and plans: A chance to show up Mass.
Your Turn, NH -- Mike Moffett: Republicans can win in 2016 with Kasich at the top of the ticket
On being American: A point for reflection