Southampton music venue called the Hobbit sued by Hollywood

Southampton music venue called the Hobbit sued by Hollywood

the bad guys are back! Southampton music venue called the Hobbit sued by Hollywood

A popular pub and music venue called The Hobbit has been threatened with legal action by US movie lawyers.

The Southampton pub has been accused of copyright infringement by lawyers representing the Saul Zaentz Company (SZC) in California.

The company owns the worldwide rights to several brands associated with author JRR Tolkien, including The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings.

The pub in Portswood, which is popular with students, has traded with the name for more than 20 years and was named after the book and crucially before Hollywood owned the rights to the name.

The full story is on the BBC website

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  1. WTF!!! It’s a brand?? Which Hollywood ‘genius’ wrote the book? In a sane world anyone would welcome a bit of extra publicity from a venue that celebrates a famous cultural icon. This is commercial facism; if just one person is seen to ‘challenge’ their hegemony they have to be removed.
    England is the easiest country in the world in which to issue and enforce a lawsuit, that’s why (rich) foreign individuals and corporations come here to fight their proxy battles.
    Boycott their mean-spirited bloody films.

  2. Its a good little venue the Hobbit and has had that name for donkeys year – screw hollywood

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