Tolkien Estate blocks ‘The Lord of the Rings’ JRR Token


KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 24): The Lord of the Rings-themed “JRR Token” has been blocked in the wake of a legal action from the family and estate of the popular series’ author JRR Tolkien, who died in 1973.

Citing legal news service Law360, cryptocurrency news portal Cointelegraph on Tuesday (Nov 23) said the Tolkien Estate had reached a settlement with Florida-based developer Matthew Jensen over his JRR Token, which was launched in August this year.

According to the settlement, Jensen promised to shut down the token and delete any content that infringes the estate’s trademark rights to the JRR Tolkien name and intellectual property relating to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

He also agreed to pay the estate’s legal costs.

The JRR Token’s Twitter account, YouTube channel and website have since been deleted.

The estate successfully recovered the website domain name of jrrtoken.com after filing a complaint with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on Aug 10 — only four days after Billy Boyd, the actor who played Pippin, endorsed the token in a 40-second YouTube cameo on Aug 4.

At the time, the WIPO ruled that Jensen registered and used the domain name in “bad faith”.

The disputed domain name was registered on Feb 26, 2021.

Subsequently, Jensen changed the domain name to thetokenofpower.com.

However, according to the Tolkien Estate, the new website still included images of rings, Hobbit holes and a wizard with a striking resemblance to Gandalf.





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