Hobbit pub copyright row: Stephen Fry and Ian McKellen to pay licence

Stephen Fry has confirmed he and Sir Ian McKellen will pay a copyright licence fee so a Southampton pub can carry on trading as The Hobbit.

The pub was threatened with legal action by Hollywood film firm the Saul Zaentz Company (SZC) which accused it of copyright infringement.

It later offered to resolve the dispute over the pub’s name and decor by licensing it to use JRR Tolkien brands.

Landlady Stella Roberts said she had been shocked by the actors’ offer — via BBC News

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