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  • "
    Linesman wrote:
    With the millions that the Saul Zaentz Company has, I would suggest that the compromise should be that the $100 goes to a local charity.

    Does the Saul Zaentz Company really need another $100 dollars?
    They been back into a corner Linesman, a few Historians e-mail there Lawers, and told them to check refences books (not the web sites but books) about all the names and what they mean and where they come from, check maps for locations names ect.
    This $100 USD is just way for them to save face, and once the landlord of the pub pays it, they will be corned them selfs and will have to pay it every year and Saul Zaentz Company will increase how much they got to pay. (once you give them money, you are agreeing with them that they do own the full rights)
    I reply would be a no to any payment not even for 1/2 cent. and I would tell them to come to the UK and take it to court, knowing to-well they would lose, and would put them wide open to be sued."
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Southampton's The Hobbit pub saved

The Hobbit in Southampton

The Hobbit in Southampton

First published in Southampton Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author Exclusive by , Education Reporter

THE battle over Southampton's famous pub, The Hobbit, could be over, the Daily Echo understands.

The Saul Zaentz Company, which contacted owners Punch Tavern about the Bevois Valley pub's use of The Hobbit brand has told the Daily Echo the row has been a misunderstanding.

Film producer Paul Zaentz has told the Echo he does not necessarily want to remove all reference to Tolkien's work and "certainly doesn't want to run anyone out of business."

He wants to resolve the dispute "amicably" and suggested the pub could be asked to pay a nominal licence fee of $100 a year - about £63.

Mr Zaentz said: “We’ve tried to be very gracious. We think asking for a nominal licence fee is very reasonable.

"Rather than engage in protracted and expensive litigation, (we) would prefer to resolve this matter amicably.

"We said we would be willing to consider any proposition they might make, but to my knowledge we’ve had no response yet."

Mr Zaentz contacted the Echo after the campaign to save the pub garnered worldwide attention, with backing from Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen, who both appear in the upcoming The Hobbit movie.

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