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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 January, 2004, 16:46 GMT
Tolkien estate wins net ruling
Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen)
The films based on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings have broken records
The estate of JRR Tolkien has won a cyber-squatting case against a company that had registered the Oxford author's name as a web address.

Alberta Hot Rods, a Canadian-based company, which linked the domain to their commercial website, was ruled to have no legitimate rights.

The group has already lost domain name cases brought by actors Pierce Brosnan and Pamela Anderson.

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), an agency of the United Nations, made the ruling in favour of the late academic's family on Tuesday.

Tolkien's estate has given publishers Harper Collins exclusive licence over the sale of books, audio tapes and other merchandise related to the late academic.

The recent three-part cinematic retelling of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings broke box office records.

The Return of the King, the final film in the trilogy, took a record $125m (£71m) in its first five days in North America last month.


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