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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

It seems in addition to the Estate's response, WB jumped on the lawsuit along side Zaentz.
""Because of the repudiation,” the studio's filing said per the Reporter, “Warner has not entered into license agreements for online games and casino slot machines in connection with 'The Hobbit'—a form of customary exploitation it previously had utilized in connection with the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy—which has harmed Warner both in the form of lost license revenue and also in decreased exposure for the 'Hobbit' films." - from the article.

I find their argument hard to take especially after the Hobbit grossed past the billion mark not long ago.

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Mini update with the case between Zaentz and the Estate. I originally posted it a few days ago.
Bizjournals.com
"Bonnie Eskenazi, the attorney for the Tolkien estate, called Warners' counterclaim “nothing more than an effort to sue the Tolkiens and HarperCollins for suing them. They are entirely without merit and are a classic example of studio ‘bullying tactics.’ The Tolkiens and HarperCollins filed this lawsuit in order to force WB and Zaentz to live within the boundaries of the contract to which they agreed. WB’s and Zaentz’s amended counterclaims are simply an attempt to punish the Tolkiens and HarperCollins for having the nerve to stand up to the studios and tell them that they can’t take more rights than were granted to them by contract. Luckily, the law protects people like the Tolkiens and HarperCollins from these kinds of intimidation tactics."

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

This story is nothing new, but it sums the situation up concisely.
Geeknation.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

WB's cease and desist hinges on their supposed licensing rights over the IP.
The Tolkien Estate put that into question however when they began their lawsuit against Zaents and WB, claiming that they have no such licensing rights.
If the Tolkien Estate wins, WB's cease and desist is void. The article I posted affirms the Estate's resolve.

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

However this all turns out, I have great respect for Christopher Tolkien and the Estate for not compromising themselves or their values in the face of such financial turmoil.
It's a rare trait nowadays.

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Bizjournals.com
"Bonnie Eskenazi, the attorney for the Tolkien estate, called Warners' counterclaim “nothing more than an effort to sue the Tolkiens and HarperCollins for suing them. They are entirely without merit and are a classic example of studio ‘bullying tactics.’ The Tolkiens and HarperCollins filed this lawsuit in order to force WB and Zaentz to live within the boundaries of the contract to which they agreed. WB’s and Zaentz’s amended counterclaims are simply an attempt to punish the Tolkiens and HarperCollins for having the nerve to stand up to the studios and tell them that they can’t take more rights than were granted to them by contract. Luckily, the law protects people like the Tolkiens and HarperCollins from these kinds of intimidation tactics."

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

I wish Merp the best in whatever happens with WB and the Estate.
Even when it gets quiet like this, we shouldn't lose hope. We should keep Faith.

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Maybe, I think it's more likely to please the current fanbase though.
Of which I am happily a part of, so... :)

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Is Alchestbreach going to make a video about Merp? It's been almost two months now since he originally contacted me.

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Basically the article points out some of the irony associated with all the money and lawsuits being thrown around copyright law concerning the Hobbit (when the book's main theme is about that very same subject), while at the same time doing a brief overview of all the major legal disputes the Tolkien Estate's been in over the long years - including the latest one against Zaentz.
It's a pretty funny read with a little bit of sarcasm and a few digs at the Hobbit AUJ.

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Interesting article about the lawsuits going on now.
Morphizm.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

When MMoxReview initially said he'd make a video about Merp in November, He mentioned it along with Skywind. This week he featured Skywind.
Maybe he'll mention Merp soon, hopefully?
Anyways, here's this week's episode where mentioned Skywind. Youtube.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

I left a comment about Merp on this video about Skyrim modded lands. It felt appropriate. Please thumbs up my comment to help it get noticed. Youtube.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

I left a comment about Merp on this Skyrim VS video. Please thumbs up my comment to help it get noticed.
Youtube.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

I left a comment about Merp on the Hobbit trailer. Please thumbs up my comment to help it get noticed.
Youtube.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

The direct licensee of the Tolkien Estate. Warner Brothers is a sub-licensee from Zaentz and a co defendant I believe.

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Correction: Zaentz is counter suing the Tolkien Estate.

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Warner Brothers is countersuing the estate. Merp's fate is now locked between these two giants.

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Alright I'm going to try again to get MMOxReview's attention. Please thumbs up this comment on his new episode to help it get noticed and maybe supported. Youtube.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Ok I left a comment asking mmoxreview for help. Please thumbs up my comment to help it get noticed and possibly supported by his fanbase. Youtube.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

I've tried a few times, but no avail.
I think we're going to need a lot of people to get his attention.

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

I left a comment about Merp on this video. Please thumbs up my comment to help it get noticed.
Youtube.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

I think we should try to get mmoxreview's attention again. What do you guys think?

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

That's awesome :)
Would you mind if I asked how you became aware of the petition? Whether it was through a friend or an article, etc?

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

I left a comment about Merp on this video. Please thumbs up my comment to help it get noticed.
Youtube.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

A wizard should know better!

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

I was thinking about what's happened so far with Merp, about the parallels its development has had with the Ringbearer's story, about how many times Frodo's quest almost ended in tragedy but always avoided that end, even if only just so; I believe Merp is similar in that respect and one day we'll all look back on this happily in retrospect - Happy that WB didn't accomplish their goal of silencing this quietly. It's been made a huge court case now.

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Recoveryanonymous
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I left a comment about Merp on the Hobbit trailer #2. Please thumbs up my comment to help it get noticed.
Youtube.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

I left a comment about Merp on the Hobbit trailer. Please thumbs up my comment to help it get noticed.
Youtube.com

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Recoveryanonymous
Recoveryanonymous @ MERP | Middle Earth Roleplaying Project

Technically WB didn't put out those films. New Line Cinema did.

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