The man who sued Amazon and the US estate of writer JRR Tolkien for $250 million has lost the lawsuit. The man claimed that the series Power rings It was based on his book.
Demetrius Polychron wrote the book The company of the king In 2017. Amazon series The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power According to Polychron, his story was so similar that there would be plagiarism.
But Polychron uses Tolkien’s characters in his story without permission, the judge ruled. Tolkien wrote famous books the Lord of the Rings (known in Dutch as the Lord of the Rings), on which the Amazon series is based.
In addition, Polychron’s book was never officially released. According to the judge, it falls within what is called fan fiction.
Destroy all copies of fanfiction
The court ordered Polychron to remove all copies of it The company of the kingThey must be destroyed both physically and digitally. In addition, the author may no longer distribute copies of the work. This also applies to any sequel he wants to produce.
The judge also ruled that Polychron must pay more than $130,000 (about 119,000 euros) in legal costs.
A lawyer for Tolkien Corporation, Tolkien’s estate, called the ruling a “huge success.” According to the lawyer, the ruling prevents “unlicensed authors and publishers from making money from the beloved work of J. R. R. Tolkien.”
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