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The Lord of the Rings: following the ban of a fan film, YouTube makes this big decision

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar May14,2024

A few hours after the announcement ofThe Hunt of Gollum, the new film titledThe Lord of the Rings on Gollum, Warner Bros. deleted thisfan-film yet adored; fans on YouTube. Enough to provoke their anger.

The Lord of the Rings: following the ban of a fan film, YouTube makes this big decision

The Hunt for Gollum, the newLord of the Ringsfilm

The announcement had the effect of a small bombshell. The day before yesterday, we learned thata film about Gollum was in preparation on the French side. from Warner Bros.The integrated film to the lore of the Lord of the Rings and entitled  The Hunt for Gollum should tell the capture of Gollum by Sauron, then his hunt by Aragorn on Gandalf's orders at the start of The Fellowship of the Ring.At the helm, Andy Serkis, who this time will be at the helm. achievement, in addition to slipping into the skin of the creature. He will be helped by the illustrious director of the two trilogiesPeter Jackson and his wife Fran Walsh, who will take on the role of executive producer.

The Lord of the Rings: following the ban of a fan film, YouTube makes this big decision

Warner bros. removes this fan film from YouTube, 15 years after its release

But the day before the announcement of The Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum(scheduled for 2026), Warner Bros. had a fan-made film of the same name removed for copyright infringement, although it had been available on YouTube for no less than 15 years.

The information was released. reported by IGN. Indeed, by going to the YouTube page of the Independent Online Cinema fan filmThe Hunt For Gollum, we notice that the video ;o is no longer available. “This video includes content from Warner Bros. Entertainment, who has blocked it for copyright reasons,” it reads. 

< p>On Reddit, the discontent was heard. In reaction to a publication, Internet users strongly criticized Warner's maneuver and the way in which the video was released. simply removed, after 15 years of life on YouTube and 13 million views.

The Lord of the Rings: following the ban of a fan film, YouTube makes this big decision

“It really sucks. These greedy bastards can't help but hoard every penny, like Smaug The video. already had 13 million views and existed peacefully for all these years.”, exclaims an Internet user. “Very depressing. The fact that WB is so petty somewhat dampens my motivation to spend money on this project.”laments another. 

However,the video was ultimately released. restored on YouTube on the morning of May 10, to the delight of fans. Indeed, taking into account the fact that the fan film in question respects the copyright policy, the project being to non-profit, YouTube has interceded; in favor of creators in the face of Warner Bros. A great defeat!

The Hunt for Gollum is thereforethe third official post-Peter Jacksonproject, after the series rie The Rings of Power (season 2 of which is due to land on Prime Video later this year), and the animated filmThe Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim, as for expected on December 13 at the cinema.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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