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Posted: Feb 20th 2008 11:33AM (Unverified) said

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Guess the Turbine folks havn't heard about the lawsuit the Tolkien Estate has brought against New Line Cinema for lack of payment.

Part of that lawsuit is seeking to revoke the rights New Line has for the two Hobbit movies.

Posted: Feb 20th 2008 11:57AM GreenArmadillo said

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The suit could also potentially have direct effects on LOTRO. If Tolkein Enterprises is taking the view that they don't owe the estate money for the films, they're probably taking the same view for the game. I believe the estate asked for a restraining order against the Hobbit films, so it isn't entirely far-fetched to imagine them coming after the game as well. Today's agreement is only worth the paper/bandwidth it's printed on if Tolkein Enterprises still has the rights when the dust settles....
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Posted: Feb 20th 2008 12:20PM RogueJedi86 said

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LotRO is based on the books, not the movies, so any deal involving the movies falling through doesn't affect LotRO. Turbine has the rights to The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, but not the Silmarillion or any other extra stuff. LotRO has nothing to do with New Line's not paying the Tolkien Estate what they owed.
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Posted: Feb 20th 2008 12:23PM (Unverified) said

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Correct Rogue, but their referencing it in the release as a method of promoting the title was the bit i was referring to.

LoTRO is in no way shape or form part of the Lawsuit.

Posted: Feb 21st 2008 1:23PM GreenArmadillo said

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LOTRO is not involved in the CURRENT lawsuit. If a judge rules that Tolkein Enterprises owes the estate a cut of the money from the movies and people with agreements with TE (e.g. New Line) cannot continue to produce new material (e.g. The Hobbit) until things regarding the movies are settled, the estate could file an additional suit about LOTRO to get the same terms enforced against Turbine.
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Posted: Feb 21st 2008 1:29PM (Unverified) said

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Green, the Lawsuit IS NOT WITH Tolkien Enterprises its with New Line Cinema.

The Tolkien Estate is suing New Line not Tolkien Enterprises

Posted: Feb 21st 2008 1:31PM (Unverified) said

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To follow up, the original news story can be found here:
http://money.cnn.com/2008/02/11/news/tolkien_lawsuit.ap/index.htm

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