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Hollywood Lawyers Threaten ‘Hobbit’ Pub

Posted on March 13th, 2012 at 19:29 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property -- Write a comment


For the last 20 years a little pub in Southampton, England, has been serving beer to the local community and all that time it’s had the same name – The Hobbit. But Saul Zaentz, the producer behind movies such as The English Patient and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, has sent in the lawyers to do something about that.

Zaentz owns the merchandising rights to The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and his lawyers have warned that if the pub doesn’t change its name and remove all references to Tolkien-related items by the end of May, its owners will be sued for infringement.

  1. How about `The Horbit`…space theme, given the Southampton accent.

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