The balls on this man: An writer is suing Amazon and JRR Tolkien’s grandson claiming they infringed on his Lord of the Rings fanfiction

An writer is suing Amazon and The Tolkien Property for what he claims is copyright infringement in The Rings of Energy, final yr’s TV present based mostly on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit. How might a present based mostly on JRR Tolkien’s work underneath license from The Tolkien Property violate the mental property rights of some man from LA named Demetrious Polychron? The perplexing reply is that Polychron printed—on Amazon, paradoxically—a piece of Lord of the Rings fanfiction referred to as “The Fellowship Of The King,” and that is what he claims has been infringed upon.

Polychron set the stage for this lawsuit over a number of years. First, he registered the ebook with the US Copyright Workplace in 2017, which establishes when it was accomplished and offers him the authorized foundation to sue (although it would not point out any judgment about his possession). He then despatched a letter to JRR Tolkien’s grandson and the director of The Tolkien Property (opens in new tab), Simon Tolkien, describing the ebook and requesting a evaluation of his manuscript. He received no response, and issues take a flip right here.

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