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Lawsuit update

VoronwŰ_the_Faithful
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Feb 6 2013, 7:01pm


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Here is an update on the situation with the lawsuit filed by the Tolkien Estate and Harper Collins against Saul Zaentz and Company, and Warner Brothers/New Line. Zaentz and WB have responded to the lawsuit by, in addition to denying the allegations, filing counterclaims for declaratory relief and for damages for breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing inherent in all contracts under U.S. law. I have had a chance to review these documents, and I have to say that it appears that they have a pretty compelling case as the issue of online games (perhaps not so much with the slot machine issue). They cite correspondence going back to 1996 in which with Harper Collins and the Estate's attorney concede that Zaentz has the right to online video games based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Perhaps most interesting, they cite a September 2010 "regrant" agreement in which the Estate confirms the rights held by Zaentz, and licenced to Warners/New Line. That must be the agreement that was referred to in Entertainment Weekly back in October 2010, in which Jackson was quoted as saying that one of the issues causing the delay was negotiations with the Estate over rights issues. I think it is likely that I will get a chance to see that agreement (as well as the other documentation that Zaentz and Warners say they have) over the course of the lawsuit, if it reaches the point that motions for summary judgment are filed. It is, of course, possibly that Zaentz and WB are misrepresenting the history and that the true facts will support the position of the Estate and Harper Collins, but right now it looks to me like they are on pretty shaky legal grounds.

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Subject User Time
Lawsuit update VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Send a private message to VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Feb 6 2013, 7:01pm
    would this mean anything for further movie production?// elevorn Send a private message to elevorn Feb 6 2013, 7:05pm
        No, it shouldn't VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Send a private message to VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Feb 6 2013, 7:14pm
            right, none of that would ever be done in Christopher's lifetime anyway elevorn Send a private message to elevorn Feb 6 2013, 7:36pm
            The Early Adventures of Aragorn? Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Feb 6 2013, 9:55pm
                This is a Wonderful Story IdrilofGondolin Send a private message to IdrilofGondolin Feb 7 2013, 1:37am
                I've heard that Disney is thinking of doing this one. Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Feb 7 2013, 2:48am
                    Keep in mind.... Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Feb 7 2013, 5:23am
                        I wasn't making fun of your post. Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Feb 7 2013, 4:45pm
                            Fair enough Otaku-sempai Send a private message to Otaku-sempai Feb 7 2013, 4:52pm
                                Just sounded like the Star Wars spinoff films is all. Kassandros Send a private message to Kassandros Feb 7 2013, 4:59pm
                    Please keep Disney faraway from Tolkien's works Eowyn3 Send a private message to Eowyn3 Feb 7 2013, 4:50pm
                Interesting idea... S˙limŰ Send a private message to S˙limŰ Feb 8 2013, 2:08am
            Could it have any impact on LOTRO? Loresilme Send a private message to Loresilme Feb 8 2013, 1:07am
                in theory, it definitely could be affected VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Send a private message to VoronwŰ_the_Faithful Feb 8 2013, 2:18am

 
 
 

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