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OCT
21
3 YEARS

Hollywood Docket: 'Hobbit' Protests; Gossip Site Taunts ESPN's Erin Andrews; Sex Trafficking Has New Hollywood Faces

  • A decision by local and foreign labor unions including SAG and AFTRA to lift a boycott on the production of The Hobbit may not stop the film from being moved from New Zealand, leading to protests in the street. Jonathan Handel has all the details. [THR]
  • ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews became famous last year after a stalker taped a nude video of her through the peephole of a hotel room and then leaked the video online. She's still trying to scrub the Internet of the images. In response to a cease-and-desist letter sent by Andrews' lawyer, one gossip website has reposted the photos and is taunting Andrews and her attorney. [Forbes]
  • The European Union Court of Justice has struck down a Spanish law that imposed a small tax on digital media, including CDs and DVDs. The law was intended to compensate copyright holders for preemptive damages from unauthorized sharing. The EU said that private copying levies are legitimate under some circumstances, but indiscriminate application was incompatible with the EU's copyright laws. [Out-Law]
  • A group of Republican senators is blocking a proposed law that would create a new crop of low-power FM radio stations devoted to local community news. [Politico]
  • The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office has named Sarah Jessica Parker and Gabourey Sidibe as the new faces of a sex trafficking awareness campaign. [THR]
  • Axl Rose is being sued for allegedly beating the heck out of a $192,000 Bentley he leased. [TMZ]