Originally Posted by PioneerRaptor
LoTRO was created under the license for the books by Turbine, not Warner Bros. Warner Bros didn't acquire Turbine until 2010, 3 years after the game launched. I would assume this makes the game safe as the license that Warner Bros holds was not the one used to create LoTRO.
Also, LoTRO is not strictly a "downloadable" game. You can also purchase physical copies, which are tangible. The lawsuit is claiming that Warner Bros didn't have the rights to profit from intangible objects.
So I do believe LoTRO will by safe. They mainly seem to be going after a Slot-Machine Game and patents that Warner Bros has applied for that include hotels, amusement parks and restaurants.
It's the same license, and the one that Warner Bros currently holds, as well as current ownership of LotRO, making them the ones accountable and thus making the target of this lawsuit LotRO and Warner Bros. LotRO is primarily a downloadable product, although as you say tangible products exist so I imagine they'd use that to defend the game.
I'd agree that the idiotic gambling games are the primary target, but LotRO is at risk in the ensuing fallout as well since it falls into the same category of intangible online products that Tolkien Estate in their outmoded beliefs have deemed undesirable.