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JAN
15
2 WKS

'Hurt Locker' Producer Nicolas Chartier on His Anti-Piracy Crusade and Why Union Workers Need Less Pay

'Hurt Locker' Producer Nicolas Chartier on His Anti-Piracy Crusade and Why Union Workers Need Less Pay

This story first appeared in the Jan. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

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JAN
14
2 WKS

Hollywood Law Hires: Fullscreen Expands Legal Team, A+E Senior Counsel Exits

Hollywood Law Hires: Fullscreen Expands Legal Team, A+E Senior Counsel Exits

Fullscreen, the YouTube network bought in September by Peter Chernin and AT&T, has expanded its legal team.

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JAN
14
2 WKS

Man Suing Over 'Citizenfour' Looks to Drag U.S. Into Edward Snowden Leaks Lawsuit

Horace Edwards, the retired naval officer who last month sued the makers and distributors of Citizenfour, has filed an amended complaint that names the "United States of America" as a putative involuntary plaintiff.

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JAN
13
2 WKS

Hollywood Sex Abuse Accuser Arraigned on Federal Fraud Charges

Hollywood Sex Abuse Accuser Arraigned on Federal Fraud Charges

Michael Egan — who sued X-Men director Bryan Singer and three others last April for teen sex abuse, only to drop his suits within months in the face of his own contradictory sworn statements — was arraigned Tuesday in North Carolina on federal securities fraud and wire fraud charges.

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JAN
13
2 WKS

Appeals Court Affirms David Bergstein's Removal From Pangea Media Group

Appeals Court Affirms David Bergstein's Removal From Pangea Media Group

On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals weighed in on the lengthy legal battle over companies formerly run by David Bergstein. The appeals circuit rules that a bankruptcy court acted within its discretion to remove the film producer as manager of Pangea Media Group and place the company into bankruptcy proceedings.

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JAN
13
2 WKS

TV Broadcaster Challenges MLB's Secret $25 Million Deal With Washington Nationals

TV Broadcaster Challenges MLB's Secret $25 Million Deal With Washington Nationals

Normally, the quietest month for Major League Baseball is January. Not this year. Next week, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider the league's attempt to appeal a judge's refusal to stop an antitrust lawsuit that takes aim at the way that games are packaged and distributed for television. And then there's the separate and nasty intraleague war happening between the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals over TV money.

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JAN
12
2 WKS

Iggy Azalea Granted Injunction to Stop Distribution of Her Early Music

Iggy Azalea Granted Injunction to Stop Distribution of Her Early Music

Iggy Azalea has gotten a judge on Monday to issue a preliminary injunction that prevents some of her songs from being released by music companies working with ex-boyfriend Maurice Williams (aka rapper Hefe Wine).

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JAN
12
2 WKS

Sony, Disney and DreamWorks Slam Anti-Poaching Lawsuit as Futile

Sony, Disney and DreamWorks Slam Anti-Poaching Lawsuit as Futile

On Friday, The Walt Disney Company, DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures and Blue Sky Studios fired heavy legal artillery at a proposed class-action lawsuit that aims to punish the studios for allegedly conspiring to deny workers in the visual effects community better work opportunities. The defendants are demanding a dismissal on new antitrust claims as coming too late and being bereft of necessary factual support.

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JAN
9
2 WKS

SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal

SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal

SAG-AFTRA members have approved an agreement previously reached with broadcast television networks and producers for a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact.

The contract, which was approved with 96.5 percent of members voting in favor, covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs.

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JAN
9
2 WKS

Van Halen Settles Lawsuit With Drummer's Ex-Wife, Allowing Her to Use Last Name

Van Halen Settles Lawsuit With Drummer's Ex-Wife, Allowing Her to Use Last Name

Nearly two decades after Kelly Van Halen divorced drummer Alex Van Halen, she's free to continue to use her famous last name on designer merchandise. All it took was three years of fighting at the U.S. Trademark Office and another 15 months in a California federal courtroom. On Monday, attorneys for both Van Halen parties informed a judge that a lawsuit filed in October 2013 should be dismissed.

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JAN
9
2 WKS

Italian Actress Sues Claiming Stalking and Harassment Damaged Her Career

Italian Actress Sues Claiming Stalking and Harassment Damaged Her Career

An Italian actress has filed suit against an American businessman she alleges harassed and defamed her when she rejected his romantic advances.

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JAN
8
3 WKS

Alan Dershowitz Vows to Clear Name After Sex Abuse Accusation

Alan Dershowitz Vows to Clear Name After Sex Abuse Accusation

For much of the last eight months, Hollywood has been rocked by sex abuse allegations: against X-Men director Bryan Singer and three others (the accuser withdrew his lawsuits, was scolded by a judge for lying in court and is now a defendant in a malicious prosecution case and

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JAN
8
3 WKS

Disney Beats Lawsuit From 'Home Improvement' Creators (Exclusive)

Disney Beats Lawsuit From 'Home Improvement' Creators (Exclusive)

The Walt Disney Co. has struck a major blow in its long-running battle with the creators of the 1990s sitcom Home Improvement.

At a hearing on Wednesday, Los Angeles Superior Court judge William Highberger fully granted the ABC parent company’s motion for summary adjudication against the claims filed by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra and David McFadzean and their affiliated production companies.

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JAN
7
3 WKS

MGM Settles James Bond Copyright Lawsuit Over Universal's 'Section 6'

MGM Settles James Bond Copyright Lawsuit Over Universal's 'Section 6'

MGM won’t be taking Universal to court over James Bond.

The studio and Bond rightsholder Danjaq have settled their lawsuit over Universal’s spy film Section 6, which they’d claimed was "a James Bond knockoff." In court papers filed on Wednesday, MGM and Danjaq dismissed their copyright infringement suit against the studio and screenwriter Aaron Berg.

The parties have come to an agreement, but MGM and Danjaq are reserving the right to sue again if there's something in the film they don't like.

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