[hobbit] "Hobbit" name legal stuff; slight name change will happen

Sherman, Larry, RBSGC Larry.Sherman at rbsgc.com
Fri Aug 1 23:05:17 CEST 2008

Since "Big Brother" is from 1984, how about some link back to the Orwellian origins?  "Oceania"?  "The Monitor"?  Just a thought.

Many thanks for all you have given us & take care,



Larry Sherman
RBS Global Banking & Markets
Office: +1 203 618 2515

-----Original Message-----
From: Henrik Stoerner [mailto:henrik at hswn.dk]
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 12:30 PM
To: hobbit at hswn.dk
Subject: [hobbit] "Hobbit" name legal stuff; slight name change will happen

Hi everyone,

some lawyers behind the movie company that produced the "Lord of the
Rings" trilogy have contacted me about using the name "Hobbit" for the
Hobbit monitor project.

Fortunately, it seems that these people are actually quite sensible.
They just want to make sure that there is no risk of anyone assuming
that the "Hobbit monitor" has anything to do with the books, movies,
merchandise etc. that they produce.

So they've suggested that beginning with the next release, "Hobbit
monitor" is renamed to either "Hobbi monitor" (without the 't'), or
"H.O.B.B.I.T. Monitor" . Or something else, but they want to know
if I pick something else.

The full correspondance can be seen at

My current preference is to use the "H.O.B.B.I.T." version;
this is most like the current name, and it would also fit
with all of the current URL's used for various Hobbit functions (e.g.
the "hobbitmon.sf.net" project page). I'm going to write the lawyers and
get a definite OK that I can use "hobbitmon" in URL's and such;
I doubt that I can get Sourceforge to accept a project named
"h.o.b.b.i.t." since that would probably cause havoc with the DNS
entries ...

But I'd like to hear if there are other suggestions or opinions.


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