A group of booksellers and bookstores in the state of Florida are suing Walmart over the company’s decision to copyright the title “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.
The suit alleges Walmart infringed on their copyright by using a different title in its catalog.
The lawsuit was filed last week in a Broward County Circuit Court.
Walmart, which owns more than 3,000 bookstores nationwide, claims the bookshop is in violation of the fair use doctrine by using Tolkien’s book in its “Tolkien” catalog without permission.
Walton says the use is “unfair and is likely to cause a breach of contract.”
Walton’s lawyers say the book is a parody of the “Lord of the Ring” book series and the “Tales of Beedle the Bard” book by Mark Twain, which are also copyrighted in the United States.
Walons lawyers said they are working with Amazon to file a counterclaim.
Walmons lawyers say they plan to file suit in federal court in Tallahassee, Florida, and will attempt to recover damages.