Thursday, March 15, 2012

Hobbit pub in Southampton threatened with legal action; BBC News, 3/13/12

BBC News; Hobbit pub in Southampton threatened with legal action:

"A popular pub and music venue called The Hobbit has been threatened with legal action by US movie lawyers.

The Southampton pub has been accused of copyright infringement by lawyers representing the Saul Zaentz Company (SZC) in California...

Landlady Ms Roberts said: "We were absolutely stunned. It was completely unexpected, we never intended to infringe anyone's copyright.

"Are we doing any harm? I don't think so. We're bringing people to the books and the stories who haven't heard of JRR Tolkien.

"We don't have the financial resources to fight it - I can't fight Hollywood."...

"How long do we need to protect works for? Do we protect the works of Mozart and Shakespeare?" she added."

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