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SAG suit settled

A race discrimination lawsuit filed against SAG by its former director of affirmative action has been settled just days before the U.S. Supreme Court was to decide whether to review the lower federal courts' decision in the case. Patricia Heisser Metoyer sued SAG claiming she was fired in retaliation for complaints she made about alleged discrimination by the guild. SAG claimed she was let go for allegedly giving more than $30,000 in union funds to friends, business partners and her husband's production company.

Hunt for Russian film

Question marks hung over future state funding of Russian films Tuesday. When Vladimir Putin took over the prime minister's office Monday following the end of his term as president, he announced a new set of government structures that didn't include the agency for culture and cinema. Its functions have instead been transferred to the ministry of culture. A spokesperson for the disbanded agency could not comment.

EU palms off piracy

The European Commission on Tuesday attempted to palm off responsibility for clamping down on illegal Internet downloads to studios and ISPs, with a top official saying that the industry was best placed to lead the battle against piracy. EU Internal Market commissioner Charlie McCreevy told European executives and policymakers at a major anti-piracy conference in Brussels that "in the end, it is mainly up to the Internet service providers and the rights-holders to solve the problem of illegal downloading."
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