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The J.R.R. Tolkien estate filed an $80 million lawsuit against Warner Bros. for copyright infringement yesterday. The complaint is over the Lord of the Rings trilogy, specifically online slot machines and other digital merchandising, which weren’t factored in when the original deal was signed in 1969. “The original contracting parties thus contemplated a limited grant of the right to sell consumer products of the type regularly merchandised at the time (such as figurines, tableware, stationery items, clothing and the like)," the 26-page complaint reads. “They did not include any grant of exploitations such as electronic or digital rights, rights in »

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