|Wysłany: 12-04-2015 16:35 Temat wpisu:
|Kolejna ciekaowstka - iopublikowanei pracy akademickiej The Lord of the Rings: A New English Translation spowodowało proces ze strony Tolkien Estate, który autor pracy wygrał:
How I Defeated the Tolkien Estate
|My defense was simple but impassioned: Tolkien explicitly stated in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings that he was merely translating the Red Book of Westmarch, not writing an original story. Since Tolkien claimed the Red Book is over 6,000 years old, it must be in the public domain and so open to everyone to reinterpret and repurpose as they see fit. The Red Book didn’t belong to the Tolkien Estate, it belonged to the world.
The Tolkien Estate’s lawyers countered that they still retained the copyright for Bilbo, Sméagol, and other key characters, and they couldn’t be used without permission. But those names are just Tolkien’s own translations from the true Adûni names. As I told the judge, “Bilbo Baggins” and “Sméagol” don’t appear in the Red Book; Bilba Labingi and Trahald do. If the Red Book is truly as ancient as it’s said to be, the Tolkien Estate can’t copyright Bilba and Trahald, any more than T.H. White could claim a copyright on King Arthur.
After a three-month trial, the judge dismissed the lawsuit against me. I left the courthouse feeling immensely relieved, but also sad and empty. I never wanted to anger Christopher Tolkien, the preeminent Hobbit Studies scholar of our time. And though I won in court, my reputation in the field was deeply damaged. I ultimately left academia to pursue a career in the friendlier and more lucrative and efficient world of federal government bureaucracy.
Although the Red Book of Westmarch is now in the public domain, I’d caution future Hobbit Studies scholars against incurring the wrath of the Tolkien Estate. The work may seem compelling enough, but few grad students and scholars can afford the risk to their finances and careers. As Boromir so famously warned, “Not lightly does one walk the road into Mordor.”
Read more at http://the-toast.net/2014/12/08/defeated-tolkien-estate/2/#OoOOU7VA10y8iYjh.99
Nie wiem czy to naprawdę oznacza, że Czerwona Księga Marchii Zachodniej jest teraz w domenie publicznej i każdy sobie może z niej tłumaczyć, jak tylko chce ( !????), ale sam fakt, że ktoś wygrał w sądzie z TE jest dobrym znakiem.
Bardzo możliwe też, że cała opisana sytuacja to żart blogerski
No jednak żart Nabrałam się Poleciałam od razu sprawdzić zakończenie historii, a już po wstępie widać, że coś jest nie tak. Ale historia z komentarza już jest prawdziwa:
|Michael W. Perry napisał(a):
|Take my word for it, you don't want to actually be sued by the Tolkien estate. I know that quite well. I spent most of 2002 fighting them in Seattle federal court over Untangling Tolkien, my day-by-day LOTR chronology. It tells what every character does on every day in the tale even when the relevant passages are hundreds of pages apart in Tolkien's "translation." A most handy reference work.
Why wouldn't a lawsuit be great fun? Because they have very deep pockets for lawyers and you don't. I was fortunate. I called the two years I spent studying medical ethics at the University of Washington "studying law in the medical school." It gave me the training I needed to do what most people should never do—be their own lawyer. That flipped the tables. While they were spending thousands on lawyers. I was paying bus fare to downtown to meet with the judge in chambers.
I was interviewed about the lawsuit by a law for writers podcast. You can listen to it here:
In the end, the estate offered to settle out of court and the judge dismissed their lawsuit "with prejudice," which is a judges way to say "I never want to see this case again.
Tolkien fans or friends of Tolkien fans might want to consider it for a unique Christmas present. It is widely available in print. Just look for Untangling Tolkien.
--Michael W. Perry, Inkling Books
Read more at http://the-toast.net/2014/12/08/defeated-tolkien-estate/2/#pPI1MmycG36e7hlh.99
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