SAG-AFTRA Joins Other Hollywood Groups In Lauding New Bill To Have POTUS Appoint Copyright Chief – Update
UPDATED with SAG-AFTRA statement: Hollywood’s actors union has weighed in on a bill introduced in Congress last week that would give Donald Trump and all future presidents the authority to appoint the head of the U.S. Copyright Office has received the endorsement of the DGA and MPAA. The post currently is appointed by the Librarian of Congress.
The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017 would require that the head of the Copyright Office, known as… Read
Gurney Productions Founders Not Back In Charge Of ‘Duck Dynasty’ Company Now
(UPDATED WITH STATEMENT FROM GURNEYS’ LAWYER) A week after Scott and Deirdre Gurney looked poised to take back their Duck Dynasty producing company after ITV America gave them the boot last year, a few words from the court today knocked their house of cards down again.
In a verbal denial in a hearing Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, the clerk for Judge Susan Byrant-Deason declined the couple's attempt for an ex parta. If that move for a future hearing date had gone… Read
Marvel Gets Most Of ‘Iron Man’ Copyright Suit Tossed But Poster Battle Continues
Like a comic book villain, the nearly two-year old copyright lawsuit over Iron Man's armor has been knocked down but not knocked out and will fight on.
A federal judge in New York yesterday handed Marvel and Disney most of the dismissal of Horizon Comics action over the Armored Avenger that they had sought. However, while Iron Man's outfit was seen by U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken to be full of "dissimilarities" and “differ in significant respects” from that of… Read
‘Dance Moms’ Host Abby Lee Miller Says She’s Exiting Show As Jail Time Looms
"I will no longer take part in Dance Moms," Abby Lee Miller says of the long-running Lifetime series in what could be an exit or another ploy in a consistently brinkmanship relationship the show’s producers. However, the apparently ex-host might not be crying wolf this time as she is less than two months away from a long-delayed sentencing hearing that could see her behind bars for more than two years for fraud.
"I don’t have a problem working with any kid, I love… Read
Roman Polanski Lashes Out As Judge Ponders Possible U.S. Return
EXCLUSIVE: Roman Polanski might not find out for several weeks what the next step is in his efforts to return to the U.S. nearly 40 years after fleeing American justice for the rape of a 13-year-old girl. But today his lawyer certainly wants to rev up the process and put the system on notice.
"Court expressed disbelief of why Roman Polanski would hesitate to trust the Court to sentence him after what the Court called an 'open plea,' " reads a second supplemental argument… Read
Thomas Gibson’s Claim Against Manager Rejected By State Labor Commission
In another setback for former Criminal Minds star Thomas Gibson, who was fired from the show last year for allegedly kicking a writer, the California Labor Commission has rejected his claim that he should not have to pay his former manager $437,950 in commissions because the former manager allegedly acted illegally as his agent in procuring his employment on the show.
Gibson fired Craig Dorfman as his manager in June 2014 after Dorfman allegedly refused to cut his… Read
Justice Department Settles Suit Over DirecTV’s Effort To Keep Dodgers Games Dark – Update
UPDATED, 3:30 PM: The Justice Department said today that it has reached a settlement in the case of information swaps involving AT&T’s DirecTV and rival pay TV outlets about talks to broadcast Los Angeles Dodgers games in SoCal. Reuters reported that the deal requires the companies also to monitor some communications that their executives have with competitors and to implement compliance programs. The settlement does not mandate that any pay-TV company to carry Spectrum Sp… Read
Final Member Of Movie & Music Counterfeiting Ring Sentenced To Prison
The last of a ring of convicted DVD and CD counterfeiters has been sentenced to five years in federal prison and ordered to pay $70,894 in restitution to the MPAA and the Recording Industry Association of America.
Mamadou Aliou Simakha, of Dakar, Senegal, who was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Atlanta, was convicted of conspiring to reproduce tens of thousands of copyrighted movies and songs, which the U.S. Department of Justice says would have been worth… Read
Hollywood Reporter Paying Out Nearly $1M In Class Action Freelancers Deal
More than three years after The Hollywood Reporter was accused of playing fast and loose with how it classified contributors to get out of paying benefits and more, a judge has approved a class-action settlement that will see the red-faced Prometheus Global Media publication paying out $900,000.
The preliminary approval by Judge Ann Jones after a hearing Wednesday at LA Superior Court downtown means that about 35 THR contributors who were designated as independent… Read
Relativity Scores Rare Legal Win As Netflix Ordered To Pay Lawyer Fees
Ryan Kavanaugh hasn’t come out with any more dough in his pocket, but Relativity gained a bit of financial traction today in the company’s ongoing skirmish with Netflix. A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge Wednesday ordered the streaming service to pay more than $800,000 in legal fees and expenses to the embattled film studio.
"The Court holds that Relativity is entitled to an award of attorneys' fees and expenses as to Relativity's own counsel, but that Mr. Kavanaugh and… Read
Disney Nailed As ‘Home Improvement’ Profit-Sharing Suit Revived By Court
Like a home improvement that you mistakenly thought was completed years ago, Disney saw some legal walls fall today after a California appeals court gave a Home Improvement profit-sharing lawsuit a brand new hammer.
“The trial court accordingly erred in granting summary adjudication in favor of Disney,” 2nd District Appeals Court Justice Laurie Zelon wrote with the agreement of two other judges, setting the stage for a new round of action over the profits from the Tim Alle… Read
‘Midnight Rider’s Film Allman Loses Third Appeal Over Safety Violations
Film Allman, LLC just lost another appeal in an effort to wipe away the “willful safety violation” and fine imposed by the Occupational Health and Safety Commission over the production company’s actions on the set of Midnight Rider, which led to the death of 27 year-old Sarah Jones and the serious injury of several others. This time, arguments were heard in the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals which stated that the “willful safety violation” against Film Allman stand… Read