With the Lord of the Rings lawsuit settled, LOTRO moves on with sunflowers and Weatherstock IX

It looks like things are cooling down on the legal front following a protracted court lawsuit between Warner Bros. and the Tolkien Estate concerning alleged “digital exploitation” of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings franchises. The five-year suit was finally settled, with both parties stating that they are looking forward to “working together” going forward.

Now that Lord of the Rings Online can breathe a sigh of relief that this won’t have the potential to cause issues, it can turn its attention to more important matters. Like awesomely cute sunflower-themed rewards from its currently operating Summer Festival. Hey, it’s important to bring some sunshine into Mordor later this year!

The community is also gearing up for Weatherstock IX, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd on the Landroval server. The massive player-run concert will run twice as long as in past years, with 19 bands participating. Just in case you were wondering, yes, it will be livestreamed.

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Weatherstock IX. Thanks Sally!
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Blue touchpaper

That horse looks a bit confused as to why it has had a basket of Sunflowers attached to its hind quarters .

I blame Hobbits for such indignities .

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Melissa McDonald

this is why I’m on Landroval :)

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Crowe

And the main reason I moved off! (not so much the event itself as much as all of the painful sounding practicing prior)

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Law Ager

Turbine (owned by WB) “sold” LOTRO to Standing Stone Games, this lawsuit shouldn’t have anything to do with LOTRO, but rather WBs other LOTR games

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Paragon Lost

It does actually since it was ongoing before SSG was formed.

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bobfish

It doesn’t because its a completely different license that was direct with Tolkien Estates.

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Paragon Lost

See my other reply to you.

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MesaSage

Wait, what?

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bobfish

The lawsuit shouldn’t have impacted LOTRO, as Turbine has a separate licensing agreement for it, independent of WB.

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Paragon Lost

Did you notice that Zaentz was listed in it? Since WB, Zaentz, Turbine etc were all intermixed I think that it could have impacted LotRO.

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bobfish

Turbine’s license deal for LOTRO was direct with Tolkien Estates, because it was based on the rights to create a single video game based off of the written work of Tolkien and explicitly excluded the movies and anything related to them.

Zaentz are the company behind the licensing that spawned the movies and the games based off of the movies and the universe they inhabit.

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Paragon Lost

No. Zaentz and CO were listed in the credits of LotRO as well. Watch the opening when you play. Also if you have the box (glances left) it’s also on there. So Turbine’s deal also dealt with Zaentz as well.

My point was that it’s all mixed up and murky. No surprise due to Zaentz who was a piece of work. Not said in a good way btw.

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McGuffn

What a stupid lawsuit.

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Viktor Budusov

One cannot simply walk into Mordor without sunflowers

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