The estate of Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien has won the rights to the use of the domain name www.jrrtolkien.com in a United Nations ruling. The World Intellectual Property Organisation ordered the name handed over to the company that holds the rights to the British author’s works which claimed it had trademark rights in the name. The web address had been registered by the company Alberta Hot Rods of High Prairie, Canada, and linked to a commercial web site, Celebrity1000. Arbitrator Alistair Payne ruled that Alberta Hot Rods had no legitimate rights or interests in the name.
A letter from J.R.R. Tolkien to illustrator Doris Sykes will be sold by Hermitage Fine Art Monaco for £15,000 ($25,0000).