“Hungry Hobbit Cafe” in Birmingham Accused of Copyright Infringement

In Birmingham, England near to the area where author J.R.R. Tolkien grew up, there is a friendly local cafe known as the “Hungry Hobbit.” However, this local business might be forced to rename itself due to an accusation of copyright infringement.

The lawyers of the American film company Saul Zaentz have contacted the owners of the cafe, as well as a pub in Southhamption called “The Hobbit”, and asked them to remove all references to Hobbits or Lord of the Rings.

Saul Zaentz claims they have, “exclusive worldwide rights to motion picture, merchandising, stage and other rights in certain literary works of JRR Tolkien including The Lord of Rings and The Hobbit.”

TV personality Stephen Fry, who is currently in New Zealand working on the Hobbit film, has stood up for the cafe. He said that the actions by SZC are “self defeating bullying”and there is no need to change the name.

A Facebook group called “Save the Hobbit” has been set up by local student Heather Cartwright. At the moment, it has more than 45,000 likes.