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OCT
22
4 YEARS

Hollywood Docket: 'South Park' agitator pleads guilty; Oksana extortion probe; MPAA pushes for anti-piracy bill

  • Zachary Chesser, the man who threatened the creators of South Park over the show's depiction of Muhammad, plead guilty to providing material support to terrorists, communicating threats and soliciting crimes of violence. He could face up to 30 years in prison. [WP]
  • As Mel Gibson was replaced by Liam Neeson in the "Hangover" sequel, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating Oksana Grigorieva for extorting the actor. [TMZ]
  • Dozens of the largest content companies including the MPAA, NBC Universal and Activision sent a letter to Congress endorsing a bill that would allow the government to blacklist websites accused of aiding piracy. [CNET]
  • In an escalation of the dispute between Google and some media companies, ABC, NBC and CBS have decided to block TV programming on their websites from being viewable on Google's new web TV service. [WSJ]
  • One theory on why Fox may be reluctant to arbitrate a dispute with Cablevision is that the company doesn't want to upset the rate it has set with Time Warner Cable. [LAT]
  • Stephanie Lenz, the woman who had a YouTube video removed of her baby dancing to a Prince song, has filed a motion for summary judgment asking a federal judge to rule that Universal Music Group violated the law by sending a takedown notice in bad faith. UMG has filed its own motion, arguing that the video was not an obvious case of fair use. [EFF]