Film Studios Sue 'Mockbuster' Co. Over 'Hobbit' Movie

Law360, Los Angeles (November 8, 2012, 8:15 PM EST) -- In an effort to protect their “Hobbit” turf, three Hollywood studios sued a producer of “mockbusters” on Wednesday, alleging The Global Asylum's “Age of the Hobbits” is a ripoff of their upcoming trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth fantasy.

A month before the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” — the first installment of the much-anticipated trilogy — Warner Bros. Entertainment, New Line Cinema and MGM Studios launched a trademark battle in federal court against a company whose business model they allege “is based...
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