From Torrent Freak:
Last month Jan and Ed Lengyel decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign for the Hobbit house they’re building at their Suffolk countryside campsite.
The married couple are running a successful holiday ‘glamping‘ (glamorous camping) business and thought the idyllic location would be very suitable for small house inspired by the popular movie.
The project received a lot of positive press and thousands of pounds were raised in the days that followed. However, lawyers at Warner Bros. and the Tolkien estate were less enthusiastic.
Following a complaint from Warner Bros. the Kickstarter campaign was pulled offline without warning. The movie studio didn’t want the couple to use Hobbit references arguing that they infringe on their copyrights and trademarks.
Faced with the sudden removal the Suffolk couple saw no other option than to give in to the demands and started editing the page.
“Due to Copyright issues with Warner Bros. & Tolkien Estate, all references to Tolkien & The Hobbit have been removed,” a message on Kickstarter now reads.
As a result the “Poddit Hole” house now resides in ‘Centre-Earth’ instead of ‘Middle-Earth,’ and several other references were removed as well. However, that didn’t end the trouble.
Lawyers from the Tolkien Estate claim that ‘Centre Earth’ is too similar and want ‘Poddit Hole’ gone too. In fact, the lawyers ask the couple to remove all words that rhyme with Hobbit.
“The Tolkien Estate has asked us not to use ‘Poddit Hole’, which is absolutely ridiculous. We have got to call the project…