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October 05, 2005

Wyrd Sisters

Wyrd Sisters, a Winnipeg-based folk act have their brooms out of joint as a band with a similar name is to appear in the new Harry Potter film. Though I can hardly see how J.K. Rowling's Weird Sisters, not even to be named in their on screen appearance, could possibly infringe on whatever income a Winnipeg folk act brings in Warner's legal advice apparently wanted to settle any potential dispute by making a cash offer in adance to share the name. When I read "The Goblet of Fire", I assumed the name was a tip of the hat to Terry Pratchett. His Wyrd Sisters, a not unlikely source of inspiration for the folks in Winnipeg, was published in 1988, two years before they claim to have started using the name. And by this logic, shouldn't Shakespeare's sisters be due for a cut?

Much more encouraging news is the line-up for the wizarding world's most popular pop act.

If you’re excited about the release of the upcoming Harry Potter movie Goblet of Fire in November than you may know that the Hogwart’s Yule Ball will feature a live band. Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Radiohead’s Phil Selway and Johnny Greenwood will play the band called the Weird Sisters in the film. In real life the rockers along with Warner Brothers Entertainment Canada and Warner Brothers Records are being sued by the real Wyrd Sisters.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 5, 2005 08:23 AM

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