'Age Of The Hobbits' Protected By Fair Use, 9th Circ. Told

Law360, Los Angeles (October 7, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT) -- A producer of low-budget movies urged the Ninth Circuit Monday to lift an injunction granted to Warner Brothers Entertainment Inc. blocking the producer from using “Age of the Hobbits” as a title, saying its references to Tolkien's characters were a protected fair use.

The Global Asylum Inc. argued that a trial judge who found “Age of the Hobbits” was an unlawful attempt to cash in on Warner Bros.' blockbuster adaptation of Tolkien's novel erred in rejecting its defense of nominative fair use. U.S. District Judge Philip...
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