Judge Strengthens Block Of 'Hobbit' Knockoff Film

Law360, New York (January 30, 2013, 5:25 PM ET) -- A California federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday banning the low-budget movie once called “Age of the Hobbits” from being distributed under that name, saying the title was an unlawful attempt to cash in on Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.'s blockbuster adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's novel.

U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez said new evidence suggests Global Asylum, the company behind the flick, attempted to deceive customers expecting to see “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” Judge Gutierrez previously issued a temporary restraining order that foiled Asylum's...
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