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Hollywood Docket: New Legal Action From the Michael Jackson Estate

Law buzz this morning:

  • The Michael Jackson estate has been quite litigious since the pop singer's death. Yesterday, the estate sued a website featuring a book written by the singer's mother and other works it claims violate its copyrights. [AP] The estate also recently blocked an L.A. movie company from screening the film, Moonwalker, featuring the singer. [TMZ]
  • Adrien Brody has settled a pay dispute over his work in Giallo, which led to a lawsuit and an injunction against the film's US distribution. [Deadline]
  • Even though Verizon first proposed some of the very rules that became the basis for the FCC's recent Net Neutrality proposals, the telecommunications giant is now challenging the FCC's authority to enact those measures in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. [DSL]
  • If you thought the legal wrangling over the Comcast-NBCU merger took a long time, consider that the fight over Time Warner's acquisition of AOL nearly a decade ago still continues. Yesterday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals expressed skepticism about a shareholder lawsuit against Ernst & Young LLP of helping to cover up alleged financial problems in the merger. [Law360]
  • The IFPI has released a new digital music study that estimates more than $200 billion will be lost due to piracy from 2008-2015, says Spain and Brazil have the highest rate of population getting music from illegal online sources, and overall, paints a (perhaps customary) dour picture of the music industry. [Guardian]