- The family of Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien have won a court ruling to shut down a “ring trilogy-themed” crypto token.
- The creator of the “JRR token” must cease trading and remove all infringing content, according to media reports.
- A number of cryptocurrencies have arisen from pop culture such as dogecoin, the Squid Game token and even Elon Musk’s dog.
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A cryptocurrency inspired by the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was barred from operating on Tuesday after the family and estate of author JRR Tolkien brought legal action against the digital token’s creator.
The “JRR token”, created by Florida-based developer Matthew Jensen, launched in August this year. Tolkien’s estate brought a copyright infringement complaint to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) within weeks, stating the token’s website included references to the writer’s famous fantasy fiction series, including its characters and other images.
At the center of the complaint was the use of the domain name “www.jrrtoken.com”. The WIPO arbitration process found in favor of Tolkien’s estate. According to a press release emailed on Tuesday by the Tolkein family’s lawyers – Maier Blackburn Solicitors – Jensen must immediately cease trading and remove all content referring to the token across its website and social media accounts.
The token which had launched in August