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Re: Tolkienbrasil.com
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tolkienbrasil wrote:
Yes "Tolkien" is a trademark.

You can see the trademark registrations:
here: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/4/EU002843332
here:http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/4/EU002843381

And especilay the "Tolkien" trademark:
here: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/tmcase/Results/1/UK00002386666

As described in the registration trademark. Here is the list of goods that "Tolkien" trademark could be aply:

"Class 6
Decorative articles made of bronze and common metal; figurines of bronze and common metal.
Class 14
Articles of jewellery; trinkets worn on the person; costume jewellery; badges of precious metal; watches; clocks.
Class 21
Glassware, china, porcelain and earthenware; articles of glass, china, porcelain and earthenware for household use; mugs, cups, crockery, ornaments and figurines made of glass, china, porcelain and earthenware; goblets not of precious metal.
Class 25
Clothing; casual clothing; T-shirts and sweat shirts; headwear; scarves; gloves; fancy dress costumes.
Class 26
Novelty and souvenir badges for wear, not of precious metal.


Publishing books using Tolkien's name in covers is not a matter of trademark registration. Otherwise Tolkien Estate would have the work to sue millons of authors for using the name Tolkien in cover.

This kind of debate I find interesting because I'm a lawyer. I see no reason to bother Cathleen Blackburn with this matter, but certly I will contact her before the publication of this books, in respect to Tolkien Estate and for safe of the Tolkien's books that already have been work with their permission.

But the question of the topic is about other books you know that could be added to this list. Could someone here help me or do you prefer talk about aplications of law?



I think there is a huge difference (in terms of IP law) between writing a book about Tolkien (and his name being on the cover because the book is about him or his works) and using the title "J.R.R Tolkien's Library" as the tagline for a series of re-published books.

I'm sure you are aware that there have been published paperback and hardback sets called "The Tolkien Library", so your name is quite close to one the publisher has previously chosen to use (and presumably might use again). My impression from your first post (which I think you edited) was that you wanted to use this as your series title (and normally a series title is prominently displayed on the cover). This would, I believe, be an infringement of the Trademark.

But then I am (thankfully) not a lawyer, and what you do is your business.

Posted on: 2014/3/5 13:55


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Karl wrote:
Easton Press has a new Tolkien-related offering, The Making of Middle-earth by Christopher Snyder. Anyone familiar with this title?


I'd also be interested as I haven't managed to find any particularly useful reviews of the book online. I got the email about the Easton press edition a few weeks ago, and it seemed a bit expensive (compared to the Fall of Arthur, for example). I'm also not really sold on the cover design, but it might look a lot better in real life than in the computer rendering.

http://www.eastonpress.com/books/prod ... OF-MIDDLE-EARTH_2919.aspx

Posted on: 2014/3/4 18:55

Edited by Stu on 2014/3/4 21:43:41


Re: Tolkienbrasil.com
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tolkienbrasil wrote:
If you do not like I dont want to argue about it, since is a matter of personal taste.

The books edited together, at least for me, will be a good addition, since it allows me to understand some sources of Professor Tolkien.

Copyright: There is no problem, since will not use any text written by Tolkien without permission of Estate. The only thing really coming from Tolkien is his name in some part of backcover or frontcover. And names are not copyrighted.

There are already books like that. As the Penguin publisher has already made​​, but they published just few books.


I'll leave you to it, but be aware the estate are notoriously touchy and litigious in such matters. I'm not interested in arguing, either, by the way.

Posted on: 2014/3/4 18:44


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tolkienbrasil wrote:
I am planning to republish these books that Tolkien read and had some influence on his work. It Will be a series of books which I call "The J.R.R.Tolkien’s Library"



I can't say I like the idea, much (no disrespect to you). Just because Tolkien enjoyed or was influenced by a work doesn't really qualify him to have his name stuck on the cover (even as a series title). It just seems misleading to me. Edit: Also not sure how the Tolkien Estate would feel about it?

Posted on: 2014/3/4 16:24


Re: [WANTED] Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review (Volumes I - VI)
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NoUse wrote:
I have no problem with controversy and don't take offense easily. In fact, I agree that the body of secondary material has grown far too fast during the last couple of years. But since you attach no value at all to literary criticism, Stu, it is really hard to argue. After all, we are talking about a whole academic field here (a very old one, indeed, and one Tolkien himself was engaged in). "[Creating] something new of their own" is also a delicate matter. A good scholar is not automatically a good creative writer, and vice versa. Personally, I'd rather read a good piece of Tolkien criticism than a bad novel.



I have been meaning to reply to this for ages. I think that you misread what I wrote (at least in my second post where I was a bit clearer). I don't see anywhere that I said that I attached "no value at all" to literary criticism.

What I said is that it has "been done to death" at this point. My view is that there isn't that much room for further investigation into Tolkien and his life and work, as it has been covered very, very extensively. There has been some extremely high quality work done by CT, Wayne and Christina and many others, but the stream of books and papers is seemingly never-ending (and much of it completely subjective in nature).

It seems a little bizarre to me that we have the situation where the amount of man-hours spent analysing Tolkien's life and products almost certainly vastly exceeds the man-hours he, himself expended creating them. That said, everyone is quite free to spend their time in whatever manner they choose, and no harm is done in either the creation or consumption of these academic works (well, depending on who funds them, I guess).

Posted on: 2014/3/1 18:39



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