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DEC
21
4 YEARS

Hollywood Docket: Lines drawn on anti-piracy bill; broadcasters vs ivi; Hulk Hogan settles

  • Hollywood labor unions and the MPAA have found something they can agree upon: Various unions sent a letter to Congress declaring support for a federal anti-piracy bill. Is there universal support? Not so much. [LAT, Salon]
  • We previously told you about Ivi, the upstart company with an interesting legal theory on streaming television. Not surprisingly, broadcasters have responded to a preemptive lawsuit by suing ivi in New York federal court. [VentureBeat]
  • ACS Law, the British firm at the heart of a controversy concerning leaked user data, says it will continue to sue pirates. [BBC] The firm reportedly makes a lot of money. [Ars Technica]
  • The U.S. Senate doesn't agree on much these days, but a proposal to criminalize animal crush videos was passed pretty darned quickly. [WSJ]
  • Remember that lawsuit brought by Hulk Hogan over a commercial for Cocoa Pebbles that showed a Hulk-like wrestler being humiliated in the ring by a "Flinstones" character? It's been settled. No word on a monetary exchange but the commercial is off the air. [St. Petersburg Times]
  • The Naked Cowboy is running for president. His issues are protection of borders, language, and culture. Protecting trademarks is probably fourth on the list. [TMZ]