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Entertainment law news this morning:
- A hearing in the Roman Polanski case has been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles. It’s the first action since an appeals court last month declined to dismiss the case but suggested a lower court might sentence the director in absentia.
- The Boston University grad student who was sentenced to pay $675,000 in statutory damages in a high-profile file-sharing case has filed a motion seeking to reduce the penalty. Joel Tenenbaum argues the award of $22,500 per work is a constitutional violation of due process.
- The U.S. Copyright Office is expected to soon make an important ruling on whether Apple can block jailbroken phones. Apple argues that allowing an exemption to the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions would harm operations of the phone and could lead to massive piracy. Critics argue for an exemption in the interest of innovation. Here’s our story on this subject.
- Nintendo has stopped a fan-made film that took a few years to produce based on The Legend of Zelda. The gaming company demanded that producers stop distributing “The Hero of Time” because it violated trademark and copyright. The two sides came to a settlement.
- Film publicist Reid Rosefelt takes another look at our post about whether piracy damaged the box office take of “Wolverine”, comparing it to other 2009 films that were highly promoted. He suggests that the leak may have helped the film at the box office. We’re skeptical, but of course, we’ll never know for sure.
- Ken Ziffren has signed on to rep the TV academy in its negotiations with the networks for a new Emmy broadcast deal.
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