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JUL
18
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'The Purge' Studio Hit With Idea Theft Lawsuit

The premise of 2013's The Purge — a box-office smash that grossed nearly $90 million worldwide — is this: In the very near future, the American government has established an annual 12-hour period where all crime is legal, including murder and, presumably, copyright infringement. The sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, opened in theaters yesterday — and according to a complaint filed that same day in California federal court, the lawlessness hasn't been confined to the big screen.

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JUL
17
1 week

FCC Ruling Shows Agency's Ability to Prevent a Sports Network Blackout

As consolidation has suddenly become hot in the media world, regulatory authorities are being asked to judge mergers (AT&T/DirecTV, Comcast/Time Warner Cable) with potentially more (Fox/Time Warner) to come. If recent history is any indication, we shouldn't expect thumbs down on the M&A, but rather conditions imposed as the terms of acceptance.

Those conditions often get overlooked, but can mean something if regulatory agencies are willing to flex their authority. On Wednesday, the FCC made a ruling that might demonstrate a willingness to do just that.

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JUL
17
1 week

Sony's Adam Sandler Candy Land Film Threatened In Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Sony's Adam Sandler Candy Land Film Threatened In Lawsuit (Exclusive)

On Wednesday, Landmark Entertainment Group, which developed popular features in the Candy Land board game, filed a lawsuit against Hasbro, contending that the toy company doesn't have the right to license Sony's Columbia Pictures to make a film based on Candy Land characters and environments.

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JUL
17
1 week

Aereo Hits Roadblock in Effort to Become Cable System

Aereo Hits Roadblock in Effort to Become Cable System

The U.S. Copyright Office has told Aereo in a letter that it won't process the upstart tech company's paperwork aimed at paying a statutory license as a cable operator.

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JUL
17
1 week

Why TV Broadcasters Should Get Behind NCAA Athlete Unionization (Analysis)

Why TV Broadcasters Should Get Behind NCAA Athlete Unionization (Analysis)

This story first appeared in the July 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

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JUL
16
1 week

'Wolf of Wall Street' Financier Gets Racketeering Claim Dropped

'Wolf of Wall Street' Financier Gets Racketeering Claim Dropped

Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler have withdrawn a racketeering claim against Red Granite Pictures as part of a settlement of litigation.

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JUL
16
1 week

Apple to Pay Up to $450 Million to Settle E-Books Pricing Lawsuit

Apple to Pay Up to $450 Million to Settle E-Books Pricing Lawsuit

On Wednesday, attorneys for 33 U.S. states detailed the terms of a settlement made with Apple Inc. to resolve claims that the computer giant worked with publishers to illegally raise the price of e-books.

The deal could be worth as much as $450 million if a federal appeals court affirms a district judge's ruling from last July that stated that Apple violated antitrust laws. If Apple has success on the appellate level, the settlement would shrink to $50 million, and possibly to nothing if Apple is eventually exonerated back in trial court.

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JUL
15
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'Ted' Studios, Seth MacFarlane Sued for Stealing Foul-Mouthed Teddy Bear (Exclusive)

'Ted' Studios, Seth MacFarlane Sued for Stealing Foul-Mouthed Teddy Bear (Exclusive)

A California production company is claiming that Seth MacFarlane and his company stole the idea for the R-rated talking teddy bear in the hit movie Ted.

According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Bengal Mangle Productions created a screenplay called Acting School Academy in 2008 that featured a foul-mouthed, womanizing teddy bear named Charlie.

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JUL
15
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'Seinfeld' Writer Beats Kramer's Defamation Lawsuit

'Seinfeld' Writer Beats Kramer's Defamation Lawsuit

TV catchphrases can be annoying, but not necessarily taunting. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Today's lesson in the high bar imposed on defamation plaintiffs comes from Kenny Kramer, the inspiration for the eccentric character of Cosmo Kramer on Seinfeld. Kramer sued former series staff writer Fred Stoller and Skyhorse Publishing over a description of what happened on one of Kramer's reality bus tours in New York.

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JUL
15
2 WKS

Man Selling Fake Oscar Statuettes on eBay Ordered to Pay $375,000

Man Selling Fake Oscar Statuettes on eBay Ordered to Pay $375,000

A Texas judge has ordered Jaime De La Rosa to pay $375,000 in statutory damages to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for selling replicas of Oscar statuettes on eBay and Etsy.

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JUL
14
2 WKS

Marvel Urges Supreme Court to Deny Review of Superhero Rights Dispute

Marvel Urges Supreme Court to Deny Review of Superhero Rights Dispute

With potentially billions of dollars at stake, Marvel told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to review Lisa Kirby v. Marvel Characters, concerning whether the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby can terminate a copyright grant on such creations as Spider-Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty Thor.

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JUL
14
2 WKS

Fox Loses Latest Bid to Halt Dish's Place-Shifting Technology

Fox Loses Latest Bid to Halt Dish's Place-Shifting Technology

Fox Broadcasting has lost again in its attempt to stop Dish's Hopper with Sling, also known as "Dish Anywhere." On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a district court didn't abuse discretion by denying Fox's motion for a preliminary injunction.

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JUL
14
2 WKS

Frank Darabont's 'Walking Dead' Lawsuit: About More Than Zombies, but How Much More?

Frank Darabont's 'Walking Dead' Lawsuit: About More Than Zombies, but How Much More?

When Frank Darabont and his CAA agents sued AMC last December, the litigation was destined to explore more than the fired Walking Dead creator's claim of being owed tens of millions of dollars in profits from the mega-successful zombie series.

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JUL
14
2 WKS

Golden Globes Players Settle Long-Running Legal War (Exclusive)

Golden Globes Players Settle Long-Running Legal War (Exclusive)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions have settled the bitter legal battle over who controls rights to produce the Golden Globe Awards. 

As a result of the deal, which was confirmed by the HFPA and DCP on Monday after THR first reported the settlement, the awards show remains on NBC through at least 2018, with DCP as producer.

HFPA president Theo Kingma said the contract with NBC, covering the next four Golden Globe shows, is unchanged. That deal pays an average of $21.5 million for each show. 

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