'The Hobbit' Makers Stop Release Of 'Mockbuster'

Law360, New York (December 10, 2012, 5:19 PM EST) -- Days before the release of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” a California federal judge on Monday granted a temporary restraining order blocking the release of a low-budget movie titled “Age of the Hobbits.”

U.S. District Judge Philip S. Gutierrez said Global Asylum's similarly titled flick — originally set to go on sale three days before the Dec. 11 scheduled release date of filmmaker Peter Jackson's “The Hobbit” — would likely confuse consumers eager to watch the Hollywood blockbuster based on J.R.R. Tolkien's novel. The injunction prevents...
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