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Re: What an appalling load of nonsense
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This is what was in the back of my mind:

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2013/ ... e-latest-tolkien-lawsuit/

"The basis of the claims is that the original agreement in which the film rights were sold only granted limited merchandising rights that cover “personal property that can physically be purchased,” and that these activities exceed the scope of those limited merchandising rights."

One of the claims was for online and downloadable video games being not covered. (I was wrong I think, in that the "Shadows" game don't fall into this bucket, as they are being sold as phyical media).

Good article to read, by the way Khamul. Thanks for sharing!

Posted on: 3/9 12:53:49
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Re: What an appalling load of nonsense
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And to be clear, I am definitely not a fan of this line of games (Shadow of Mordor and the new one, Shadow of War).

I am just saying that there probably isn't much the Estate can do, assuming they settled the question of whether electronic games are covered.

Posted on: 3/9 11:47:47
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Re: What an appalling load of nonsense
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When the license was sold, my understanding is:

* They have the rights to major character/place names, etc. for non-book purposes. There is no requirement that they follow "lore" or "canon".

* There is/was dispute on whether digital rights (electronic games) was included in the original agreement.

I am not a lawyer, and have not seen the contract or more recent agreements post-lawsuits, so take all of this with huge grains of salt.

Posted on: 3/9 11:45:56
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Re: Tolkien ALS on Antiques Roadshow
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It definitely had the feel of someone who did a quick wikipedia search to brush up on details, not someone who knows everything. I find that quite common on Antiques Roadshow, as they are working with a handful of generalists on site, they can't bring in a true expert in the single day of filming.

Mostly I liked seeing the letter itself, almost like I was the one handling it.

Posted on: 3/8 10:46:14
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Tolkien ALS on Antiques Roadshow
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A fully handwritten letter to Mr. Ready (Marquette) was recently covered on Antiques Roadshow here in the USA. The following link has a short video clip of the appraisal, as well as the full text of the letter reproduced. I found it interesting!

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/stor ... le-earth-travels-midwest/

Posted on: 3/7 18:36:53
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