September 18, 2001
Copyright Law and Box
Thanks, Trudy, for all the great copyright info. I'm not sure
whether to be sorry about the limitations on further LOTR-based stories or happy that we
won't get deluged by low quality adventure stories that only clutter up and confuse the
history of Middle-earth, cheapening it. I do think, though, that there is obviously a lot
of potential for good writers to tell moving stories based on that history, such as by
telling more fully the tales of Beren and Luthien, Turin, Eorl the Young, Durin and the
fall of Moria, the last days of Numenor, and the kinstrife in Gondor. I will check
sometime to see what fan fiction is available.
I'm impressed and grateful, too, that Tolkien arranged to prevent Disney from getting film
rights. That's pretty funny.
Regarding potential box office trouble, I hope that's not a serious possibility; but I
plan to see the film first in Canada anyway and then again here in Seoul. It'd be a great
pity if people reacted against New Zealand for not supporting the US militarily, and then
boycotted LOTR. Both actions would be completely unreasonable. I also hope more people
will urge the US government NOT to perpetuate a cycle of hatred and violence by meting out
even more destruction in the Middle East, but rather to fight terrorism by reducing its
causes (primarily, instances of unjust US intervention in that region). This is probably
not an appropriate forum for discussing this topic, so I won't say anything more about it.
But I am just starting to learn that there is far more going on in the Middle East than
the media reports, including shocking atrocities that have been routinely ignored for
decades for which the US is directly responsible.