EmptyGREENS FACing BRIBERY
The federal government has added bribery charges to its growing investigation into the dealings of Film Festival Management executives Gerald and Patricia Green. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the Greens are accused of paying kickbacks to a former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand in exchange for receiving lucrative contracts. The Greens have denied the charges that they bribed a senior Thai government official to run the Bangkok International Film Festival.
A REAL CONVENIENCE
Dueling lawsuits filed by the MPAA and RealNetworks will be heard in the same courthouse, a Los Angeles federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero agreed to transfer the MPAA's case filed in Los Angeles against Real to Northern California, where Real filed suit. Both cases were filed the same day, but Real filed its suit an hour and 16 minutes before the MPAA. The MPAA wants to stop Real from distributing its new software, RealDVD, because it allegedly violates federal law by allowing users to copy DVDs illegally. Real is seeking a court declaration that its software is in full compliance with the law.