Google Wins Copyright Fight Vs. France’s TF1
Google won a round this week when a French court dismissed claims from French television channel TF1 that Google should be liable for TF1 programs that appeared on Google’s YouTube video website. The court ruled that YouTube is a “hosting” service and thus isn’t responsible for filtering videos its users upload for copyright infringement — as long as the website has a system for removing content upon notification by owners. TF1 sought $187.5 million in damages but the court instead ordered TF1 to pay Google $99,000 in legal fees. TF1 is considering whether to appeal.
Universal Intl. Buys ‘Foosball 3D’ for Spain, Latin America
Universal Pictures International has acquired distribution rights in the territories of Latin America and Spain for Oscar-winning Secrets In Their Eyes director Juan Jose Campanella’s new film, Foosball 3D (Metegol/ Futbolin). Animated family movie is about a boy whose table football players come to life and help him defeat a rival and win back his childhood sweetheart. Animation is being supervised by Sergio Pablos (Despicable Me, Rio) and the film is produced by Jorge Estrada Mora’s Jempsa in Argentina, and by Plural-Jempsa and Antena 3 Films in Spain. Foosball 3D is currently in post and will be released next year.
Edinburgh Film Festival
The 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival will host 19 World premieres and 13 international debuts. This year’s event, which runs from June 20 throughJuly 1, is the first programmed by Filmhouse artistic director Chris Fujiwara. Highlights include Richard Ledes’ Fred, Nathan Silver’s Exit Elena and Benjamin Pascoe’s Leave It On The Track plus Lu Sheng’s Here, There and Yang Jung-ho’s Mirage. Fest will also see the international premiere of Benicio Del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Julio Medem, Elia Suleiman, Gaspar Noé, Juan Carlos Tabio and Laurent Cantet’s 7 Days In Havana and the European premiere of Bobcat Goldthwait’s God Bless America. Including 29 older titles for retro and special screenings, there will be 150 feature films during the 12-day event. Special screenings include the new digital restoration of Lawrence of Arabia marking the movie’s 50th anniversary. Oscar-winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker and Grover Crisp of Sony Pictures Entertainment will discuss the digital restoration process.