Writing and publishing the book has brought me up to date with current Copyright and Trademark Laws. It’s shocking. Names are now copyrighted and owned by publishers. So that families cannot use the names of their relatives in their own public offerings. I can only call the greatest batsman who ever lived ‘D.B.’ and cannot use his surname at all. Amazon has blocked the book in Australia where the DB Foundation owns the copyright for his name. My grandfather interviewed him for Movietone News I mentioned only in passing and the book is blocked down under.
I met Tolkien but must not use his full name and initials as it’s a TM Trademark. We are trying to unblock the book on Amazon in Australia and have emailed the D B Foundation for assistance. As yet no reply.
Here is the man we knew at Merton College, Oxford as he was then. I can only refer to him as Tolkien. He is no longer permitted his initials due a registered trademark.
How humiliating for the human race that we lose our names once they become financial assets.