J.R.R. Tolkien estate sues Warner Bros. over gambling, games

The estate of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ author J.R.R. Tolkien and publisher HarperCollins have filed an $80 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. studios over the licensing of characters and plots in online and gambling games derived from the films. The lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Monday, alleges that Warner Bros. and its subsidiary New Line Cinema – which own the merchandising rights to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ brands – infringed on copyrights by licensing to casino slot machines, online gambling, games and downloads.

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