Red7 , March 16, 2012
A huge petition has started on Facebook to save the injunction of a pub in Southampton called The Hobbit, which has been accused of copyright infringement by Hollywood film company Saul Zaentz Company.
SZC own rights to the brands associated with JRR Tolkein’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and have started a legal battle demanding that the pub eliminates all references to the classic film.
The pub has had its name for over 20 years and features decor and general references to the film The Hobbit. The companies owner, also film producer, Paul Zaentz, has decided that offering a settlement of £65 a year is an “amicable” way to solve the situation…with over 50,000 supporters on the petition to save the pub, many people think otherwise! Paul Zaentz said;
“We asked them to contact us and amicably resolve this and are open to any suggestions they have. I’d be glad to raise a pint with them the next time I’m over.”
We’ve got a sneaking suspicion that they’d rather be raising a pint over his head and onto it. If you find yourselves on a stag do in Southampton, be sure to pop in and try one of their cocktails with characters names from the film such as “Frodo” and “Gandalf.” Or even better, get behind the support for the pub and go like their Facebook page here – http://www.facebook.com/SaveTheHobbitSouthampton
Even Stephen Fry who is in New Zealand filming and Sir Ian Mckellen, who played Gandalf, have stepped in to support the pub and criticise the film company, with Mckellen in particular saying;
“I haven’t been there but it’s clearly not a place to ill-treat hobbits, elves, dwarfs and wizards, in any way. So what’s the problem?”