Copyright Infringement Across the Pond!

With Peter Jackson’s upcoming release “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” the prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, what wouldn’t be better publicity than that of over seas.

A pub in Southampton, United Kingdom called – The Hobbit – is being threatened with a lawsuit for copyright infringement by California based group, Saul Zaentz Company. Zaentz Company owns the rights to the J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit.”

The Hobbit, in honor of books and films has various drinks named after the characters as well as signs. Zaentz Company wants The Hobbit to remove ALL references to “The Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” from the pub. The pub’s landlord, Stella  Mary Roberts, is at a dilemma because they do not have the resources and finances to change the bars atmosphere. Roberts says that she never intended to infringe on another’s copyright, but really are they doing any harm since the pub is making non-Tolkien fans familiar with his infamous books? People who are regulars at the pub claim that this is not an infringement, but a tribute to Tolkien’s work.

Read the full article and watch a video of the landlord speaking on the issue by clicking here.

Check out the actual pub’s website by clicking here.

– Arrielle Millstein

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