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Submission + - Stephen Fry Supports Campaign To Save Southampton Pub "The Hobbit" (metro.co.uk) 1

jIyajbe writes: "An online campaign to save a Southampton pub named The Hobbit from Hollywood legal action has gained the support of Stephen Fry.

Fry, who is among the cast for the big budget film adaptation of JRR Tolkien's precursor to The Lord of the Rings from which the pub took its name, said the threat of a lawsuit from California-based movie producer Saul Zaentz Company (SZC) was 'self-defeating bullying'.

Stella Roberts, 41, the landlady of The Hobbit pub, said 'The pub has been called The Hobbit for more than 20 years and it has never been a problem,' she told the Southern Daily Echo.

'I believe the decision to target us now was prompted by the release of the film.'

'We have been told that absolutely everything to do with the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit must go. We just haven't got the resources to fight it.'

Edward Wildman Group solicitors, acting for SZC in the UK, said its client would not be commenting on the case."

Submission + - "The Hobbit" pub threatened with lawsuit. (bbc.co.uk) 1

An anonymous reader writes: "The Hobbit" a small pub in Southampton, England has been threatened with a lawsuit by lawyers representing the Saul Zaentz Company (SZC) in California. the pub which has traded under the name for the last 20 years without incident now faces closure if it does not change it's name. Yet another example of big business trying to use it's weight to get it's way.
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Submission + - Hollywood Bullys British Pub (stuff.co.nz)

Master Moose writes: British actor Stephen Fry says he is ''ashamed'' of the film industry following news a popular English pub called The Hobbit is being threatened with legal action.

Fry, who is in Wellington, New Zealand filming Sir Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, this morning tweeted: "Honestly, @savethehobbit, sometimes I'm ashamed of the business I'm in. What pointless, self-defeating bullying".

The popular Southampton music venue has traded with the name for more than 20 years, the Mail Online reported.

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