Warner Bros file counter law suit in Tolkien Trust's battle to stop Hobbit appearing on slot machines
- Warner Brothers have issued a counter law suit to the Tolkien Trust's in
reaction to their attempt to stop The Hobbit appearing on casino slot
Warner Brothers is suing the Tolkien estate after they attempted to stop the
film studio from featuring characters on online gambling websites and slot
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warners are claiming that the estate's
actions have cost them millions of dollars.
The estate, along with Tolkien's publishers HarperCollins, filed an $80
million lawsuit in November last year, saying that Warners had infringed
copyright and breached a contract drawn up in 1969 by licensing Lord of the
Rings slot machines. The estate wanted to make sure the studio did not repeat
this with The Hobbit.
Saul Zaentz Co. who were named along with Warners as successors-in-interest
to merchandising and other rights to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings as
a result of the original 1969 contract, have already made their own claim. In
January they said the Tolkien Trust breached an implied covenant of good
faith and fair dealing.
Warner Brothers have now made their own counter claim.
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