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Statement of the Tolkien Estate

Findegil
The Shire

Nov 16 2010, 2:39pm


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As authors who have worked with the Tolkien Estate in producing books containing copyrighted material, and are known to contribute to Tolkien fan forums, we have been asked to forward the following official statement:

Statement of the Tolkien Estate - Wheelbarrows at Dawn

The J R R Tolkien Estate has been made aware of a statement by ADC Publications concerning its cancellation of its proposed publication Wheelbarrows at Dawn by Angela Gardner and Neil Holford.

ADC's statement suggests that the publication has been cancelled as a result of the Tolkien Estate's threats to take court action preventing the release of the book.

As this statement is highly misleading, the Tolkien Estate considers it important that the true facts be clarified for those concerned.

The book in question was presented by ADC as a biography of J R R Tolkien's brother Hilary. However, the publication included numerous personal letters from J R R Tolkien to his brother and from other family members that were reproduced virtually verbatim.

The copyright in these private, unpublished letters belongs to the Tolkien Estate. As the guardian of these rights and of the privacy of the Tolkien family, both of which it takes great care to protect, the Estate quite properly declined permission for the letters to be reproduced in this way.

However, the Estate made clear to ADC that it had no issue with the publication of the book providing the material in question - affecting only 20 pages out of a total of some 300 - was removed.

Although ADC's response was to agree to this, what it then did in practice was to paraphrase the letters, something that had been made clear from the outset would not resolve the issue.

Despite the Estate's devoting considerable resource to helping ADC, not least by suggesting specific editorial changes which would meet its concerns, ADC then announced the cancellation of the book.

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Wayne Hammond & Christina Scull

Subject User Time
New Hilary Tolkien Book Cancelled News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Nov 8 2010, 4:43pm
    Anybody here know the back-story on this?// Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 9 2010, 12:21am
        I don't.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 9 2010, 10:24am
            Quite tantalizing...! mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Nov 10 2010, 11:23am
        There is a hint squire Send a private message to squire Nov 10 2010, 12:29pm
            That's true... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 10 2010, 3:12pm
            Felt the same about that hint...// mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Nov 11 2010, 6:46am
    Statement of the Tolkien Estate Findegil Send a private message to Findegil Nov 16 2010, 2:39pm
        Thanks for that squire Send a private message to squire Nov 16 2010, 7:10pm
        Thanks, and welcome to TORN. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Nov 16 2010, 8:35pm
        Thank you dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 16 2010, 11:11pm
        Thanks for that information. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 17 2010, 10:23am
            Surprised?? Beren Send a private message to Beren Nov 17 2010, 10:40am
            Yes - that's absolutely true dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 17 2010, 12:53pm
                That makes sense. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 17 2010, 4:19pm
                "The copyright in unpublished letters is perpetual" visualweasel Send a private message to visualweasel Nov 17 2010, 4:20pm
                    It's arguable... squire Send a private message to squire Nov 17 2010, 6:07pm
                        This is my guess as well visualweasel Send a private message to visualweasel Nov 17 2010, 6:50pm
                    No, it's not a guess dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 17 2010, 6:50pm

 
 
 

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