HARRY POPPER CONDOMS

HARRY POTTER is one of the biggest brands today. Its estimated value is over 25 billion. Needless to say Warner Bros and creator J.K. Rowling will go to any length to protect the trademark. Sometimes this is a success (for example against Tanja Grotter). Sometimes, however, it is not (for example the case of Bollywood movie Hari Puttar; Comedy of Terrors).  

Since 2006 MagicX has been distributing HARRY POPPER condoms on the market. The packaging sports a condom wearing the typical Harry Potter glasses and twirling a magic wand. The manufacturer claims that all this is merely a coincidence.

End 2010 the new Harry Potter film will come out. This may very well be the reason that Warner Bros decided to act against MagicX in an attempt to preserve the child friendly reputation of HARRY POTTER. An amicable settlement was not reached so this case will be decided in court later this fall.
 

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