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Re: The wonders of eBay
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I don't think it does (Garm) come back to the old maxim; not when someone is sold something claiming to be, let's say signed in this case, when (knowingly) it is not. The courts (US in this case) may have ruled in their favour this time, but the caveat still (probably) stands "unless they had specific knowledge that particular items might be counterfeit." I think if a trademark holder informs eBay, & assuming the claim (of infringement) can be substantiated, then eBay are going to find it hard to justify doing nothing.

The problem is when the sale is not deliberately misleading, & the seller is unaware of the falsehood of their claims; particularly in the case of the general public selling things on a site like eBay. I don't think any of this has much to do with signed Tolkien items, as very few people could prove (legitimately) a signature is false. Personally I think the onus should normally fall on the seller, but this hardly seems practical or possible in these circumstances; how could anyone sell a signed item?

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Re: 1990 Unwin Hyman Deluxe LotR/Hobbit Question
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An eBay seller (themeadowlady) recenly sold a copy of Poems & Stories (1980), in a slipcase. She also had (I don't recall exactly; P&S stood in the memory more) either H or LotRs too, which was also in an slipcase or box; whatever, it was not usual for the impression. I asked about P&S, and was told that her father worked for GA&U and this was how it was given. It is a bit of a familiar reply, but seemed genuine enough. Makes me think some of these impressions, of all these deluxes, might genuinely have been distributed in both slipcases & boxes.

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Posted on: 2010/12/7 13:47
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Re: The wonders of eBay
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Jeremy, I think the shorter way of summing up your previous point is that ownership of an item (letters in this case) does not equate to ownership of copyright. (e.g. You can buy an original Ted Nasmith the next time you're at Moreton, but you're not buying the copyright for it..)

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Posted on: 2010/12/1 13:18
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Re: New Poll: Are you looking forward to the upcoming Hobbit movies?
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Sort of. I was involved in a lot of online posting in regard to the LotRs films; I quite liked pulling them apart. That said, I went and saw each film more than a couple of times. The Hobbit? Not sure if I'm too bothered. It'll not be the end of the world if I miss them; but, like LotRs, I'll probably go & see them a few times. Also, as a side interest, I do know someone who's been working on the production...

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Posted on: 2010/11/28 10:15
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Re: Tolkien and the Moberly–Jourdain incident
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Garm, I too have that Fleiger Hb sitting on the 'to read' shelf; it's been there for quite a while now, along with Tolkien Studies 2009 (I haven't even bought TS 2010 yet!). Tolkien criticism just leaves me totally bored at present; sorry...

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