Yes, this lawsuit specifically pertains to LOTRO, although LOTRO wasn't the straw that broke the camel's back...but rather WB and Saul Zaentz extending their licensing of the rights to Online Gambling Sites without permission from the Tolkien Estate. However, the part that should have everyone here worried is that now that the Tolkien Estate is suing, in addition to monetary damages, they are asking for an injunction for WB and Saul Zaentz to cease all digitally distributed or online games based on their licensing and terminated immediately. Reading the whole of the lawsuit it is clear that LOTRO falls into this category.
Originally Posted by LagunaD
See in particular paragraph 68 which says:
"Plaintiffs are therefore entitled to injunctive relief preventing defendants from infringing plaintiffs’ copyrights in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and recalling from the market all unauthorized uses of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit that have been made or authorized by defendants and/or their licensees."
and paragraph 79b:
"the right to develop, produce, advertise, distribute and/or otherwise exploit downloadable-only/online/digital video games based on The Lord of the Rings and/or The Hobbit (including, without limitation, the Downloadable Games), is beyond the scope of the rights granted to Warner Bros. and Zaentz pursuant to the Merchandising License and, therefore, that such development, production, advertisement, distribution and/or other exploitation constitutes an infringement of plaintiffs’ copyrights in and to The Lord of the Rings and/or The Hobbit, entitling plaintiffs to damages as well as permanent injunctive relief."
IBTL, of course, as neither WB nor Turbine will be able to allow discussion of this here...for obvious legal reasons.