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21942Re: [mythsoc] Tolkien estate sends cease and desist letter to Zazzle

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  • Carl F. Hostetter
    Feb 27, 2011
      The linked articles both fail to note that Zazzle.com sells a great many items in/on which Tolkien's name and/or associated characters, entities, places, etc. feature prominently, the net effect of which is indistinguishable from producing and selling a line Tolkien-related products: i.e., Tolkien merchandizing on a non-trivial scale. The Estate has every right to protect its trademarks by prohibiting their unauthorized (and unlicensed) use in such large-scale merchandizing efforts.

      Of course, it's much more provocative to pretend through silent omission that the Estate is suing over of a single button. That gives one that warm, tingly feeling of self-righteous outrage that is so highly prized these days, and it drives people to one's site.

      Carl



      On Feb 28, 2011, at 2:02 AM, WendellWag@... wrote:

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      > Another threatened lawsuit by the Tolkien estate:
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      > http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2999
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      > http://www.giro.org/2011/02/23/the-jrr-tolkien-estate-can-go-fuck-itself/
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      > Wendell Wagner
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