Hobbit pub in Southampton threatened with legal action
A popular pub and music venue called The Hobbit has been threatened with legal action by US movie lawyers.
The Southampton pub has been accused of copyright
infringement by lawyers representing the Saul Zaentz Company (SZC) in
The company owns the worldwide rights to several brands
associated with author JRR Tolkien, including The Hobbit and The Lord of
Landlady Stella Mary Roberts said: "I can't fight Hollywood."
The pub in Portswood, which is popular with students, has traded with the name for more than 20 years.
It features characters from Tolkien's stories on its signs,
has "Frodo" and "Gandalf" cocktails on the menu, and the face of Lord of
the Rings film star Elijah Wood on its loyalty card.
A letter from SZC as
In: Regional News
Tags: the hobbit, j.r.r. tolkien, pub, southampton, intimidation, hollywood, cargelock
Location: Southampton, England, United Kingdom (UK/GB) (load item map)
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