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The estate of J.R.R. Tolkien is suing Warner Bros. over Lord Of The Rings-themed slot machines, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit seeks $80 million in damages, accusing Warner, its subsidiary New Line and Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit rightsholder Saul Zaentz of copyright infringement and breach of contract. Tolkien's estate cites a decades-old rights agreement that allows the studio to exclusively make "tangible" merchandise based on the books. The estate calls the "online slot machine" and other digital properties "highly offensive."

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