Tolkien Estate Sues Warner Bros. Over LOTR Gambling Games

Law360, New York (November 20, 2012, 9:21 PM EST) -- The estate of J.R.R. Tolkien on Monday hit a Warner Bros. Inc. unit with an $80 million copyright infringement and contract suit, alleging that it is taking liberties it does not have in developing “The Lord of the Rings”-themed gambling games.

In a suit filed in California federal court, the estate accuses Warner Bros. Digital Distribution Inc., New Line Productions Inc. and the Saul Zaentz Co. of ignoring the limitations of the rights they purchased more than four decades ago by developing gambling and video games...
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