marina_bonomi: (argh)
...But definitely it wasn't The Hobbit.

I think T. nailed the feeling we were left with: 'It feels like a feature in a theme park'.
Part of it might have been the dubbing (foreign films are dubbed by default over here), for instance Saruman sounded like he had a somewhat loose denture, but most of the people in Rivendell felt contrived, I didn't see Elrond this time, I saw Hugo Weaving with pointed ears.

Also, the reason of my dislike aren't the details they got wrong (like Mirkwood getting the name just about then), those are minor details that would have done for a few hours of book browsing at home and 'Ah, but it wasn't like that', no it goes both deeper and about way simpler things, here are a few.
Comment with spoilers ahead )

marina_bonomi: (facepalm)
As some of you know, a short time ago my husband opened a Zazzle shop, one of the reasons was the possibility to offer for sale prints of his 'A Game of Thrones' works in sizes which we aren't able to print at home.

Well, we received an email from Zazzle saying that all those works are in violation of policy and will be removed, we pointed out that that is official game art, that the client is the owner of the license for the game, that the contract allows T. to sell prints and that the pieces have no relation whatsoever to the HBO show, so there was no infringiment of copyright.

They answered today that HBO asked them to remove offending materials (well within their rights) and hubby's prints will stay out of Zazzle until HBO tells them they are OK.
As if...

So an official license from the owner of the I.P. doesn't matter...unless the owners of a totally different license say so.

BTW, we do understand Zazzle's position, they are plaing it as safe as they can to avoid the possibility of legal consequences, what I can't stand is a company setting a blanket ban on an I.P. even though the products in case have noting whatsoever to do with their share of the license.



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