Hollywood Docket: Google's $100m legal tab; more racy TV shows?; Tucker Carlson v. Keith Olbermann

  • Google has spent $100 million defending YouTube against Viacom's copyright claims, according to a 2nd quarter earnings call by the company's CFO. And given Viacom's apparent willingness to pursue an appeal of Google's summary judgment win, that number likely will go way up. [Lawshucks]
  • A recent appeals court ruling that struck down the FCC's indecency policy for being "constitutionally vague" could mean that primetime TV this is going to be chock-a-block with even more blatant sexuality and raunchy language. [THR]
  • As anticipated, Congress approved financial reform legislation that includes a ban on boxoffice futures trading. [THR]
  • The popular band Vampire Weekend is being sued by a woman who appeared on the cover of their last album. The photo was taken in 1983, and the woman claims her signature on the release form is a forgery. [Here's the complaint.]
  • A federal judge in Boston has dismissed a claim from an author who accused Fox, NBC, Disney and others of spying on her and swiping ideas from her books to make shows including "Grey's Anatomy" and "All My Children." The judge ruled that the infringement claims were "simply too vague." [CNS]
  • Erin Andrews, the ESPN reporter who aroused international attention when nude peephole videos of her surfaced on the Internet, is suing the hotels where the videos were taken. [CNN]
  • The Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson, a former MSNBC host, recently acquired KeithOlbermann.com and said he had plans to turn the new site into a "one-stop online shop for Keith Olbermann commentary." Now the question is whether Olbermann will sue Carlson for trademark infringement and cybersquatting. It turns out that Tucker himself had to go to court in 2008 to get TuckerCarlson.com from a cybersquatter. [Mediaite]