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Estate dispute for Tolkien executors and Warner Bros

13th December 2012

The estate dispute emerged after papers were filed in the US District Court in Los Angeles citing copyright infringement and breach of contract. Lawyers for Tolkien Estate Ltd say that when Tolkien died in 1973, Warner Bros received permission from the estate executors to receive profit from sales of “tangible” items such as books and clothes.

However, rights were not granted for “gambling services” and executors say that this type of “exploitation” of the rights agreement has been detrimental to Tolkien’s legacy.

Lawyers for the Tolkien estate said, “The plaintiffs have been compelled to take this action to protect their literary and commercial assets and hope that the dispute will be resolved quickly.”

The estate executors are seeking USD80 million (£49,695,000) in damages.

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