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Little people to fight back in Tolkein row

A SOLIHULL cafe owner caught up in a legal row over the name of her business says she will ‘fight all the way’ to keep the brand.

A SOLIHULL cafe owner caught up in a legal row over the name of her business says she will fight all the way to keep the brand.

Wendy Busst, of Lode Lane, has been told she must phase out the Hungry Hobbit name of the Moseley eatery due to alleged breach of trademark laws.

The mum-of-two was warned last year about using the name by lawyers representing the estate of JRR Tolkien and The Saul Zaentz Company (SZC, trading as Middle-earth Enterprises).

While the 43-year-old is looking into dropping the Hs from the name, she told the Solihull News this week she has been approached by an American lawyer, who has offered to help her fight to keep the name, in its entirety.

It was a shock when I found out the name may have to be changed. I find it completely unfair and it feels as if they are picking on the little people.

We are definitely going to try and fight this all the way. We should be proud of the name, especially here in Birmingham.

Actor Stephen Fry has also waded into the row, accusing the film industry of employing bullying tactics over the name.

He is currently in New Zealand shooting two Hobbit films with Sir Peter Jackson, but tweeted about a Southampton pub embroiled in a similar dispute: Honestly, sometimes Im ashamed of the business Im in. What pointless, self-defeating bullying.

A spokesman for Edward Wildman Group solicitors said their clients would not comment.

 

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