So Sue Me…
UK attorney Mark Lewis, a thorn in the side of Rupert Murdoch when it comes to the very messy ongoing business of Fleet Street tabloid phone hacking, says he is about to bring the News International legal fight to these shores.
In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast’s Mike Giglio, Lewis confirms that he is traveling to California later this week and New York on Monday as part of his preparation for up to three separate U.S. lawsuits against News Corp. It’s unclear at this point whether any of the hacking occurred on American soil. But Lewis tells Giglio at least one of the prospective plaintiffs is a U.S. citizen:
Lewis declined to give specifics on the three U.S.-based cases, but all three center on high-profile subjects. In one case, the alleged victim was connected to the royal household and to Princess Diana, Lewis says. In another case, the alleged victim was connected to England’s national football team. Lewis describes the third as a Hollywood case in which the alleged victim was in contact with a top celebrity, and therefore a target for hacking.
Filmmaker Chris Abbas has decided to drop his plagiarism claim against Invisible Children and its now infamous “Kony 2012″ film. Segments of Abbas film Cassini Mission were used in “Kony 2012″ without attribution. Abbas thought he had a case. He doesn’t, as he admitted on Reddit in bullet-point form.
- A work created under the Creative Commons NC BY SA license does not require permission to be used by anyone and is free game.
- I have conceded my original claim thanks to some thoughtful answers, in particular by user sibB (see first comment for a thorough breakdown of the facts).
- The title is sensationalist at best and clearly could have been more accurate and less dramatic if there was more careful consideration of the license and less frustration in the brain.
- I maintain that I do not want my work included in a video which supports military intervention as a solution to the LRA problem, however under the current license I do not have the ability to deny it’s usage in any format. This is my fault, and I am bound to the license structure of the music I used.
Yeah. When you create a film that exclusively uses other people’s music and imagery, as Abbas did with NASA’s images and Nine Inch Nails’ music, it does tend to create some problems on the copyright front.
Alleged megaupload.com bad guy Kim Dotcom is countering the Hollywood studios for the first time publicly since his January indictment and website shutdown. Speaking via telephone from New Zealand with torrentfreak.com user Ernesto, the flamboyant businessman offered detailed examples of what he claims is an ability to refute pretty much every claim contained in the U.S. legal action.
One of several torrentfreak.com sidebars focuses on Dotcom’s contention that Hollywood was eager to work with his website. From the lead article:
Megaupload’s founder shared five emails with torrentfreak that were sent by representatives from big media companies including Disney, Warner Bros. and Fox. Instead of requesting mega to take down content, they suggested various partnerships.
Yet another weird media story out of San Diego. Matt Weaver, the editor of the controversial Cal State San Marcos student newspaper The Koala, has been arrested for identity theft and election fraud after campus police detected “unusual activity” on the school computer he was logged into. Weaver was in the midst of a run for student body president.
10News.com has the story:
Weaver, a junior at the school, is charged with unlawful access to a computer or database, identity theft and election fraud, according to Lutz.Lutz said the school told students that election results set to be released Friday would not be revealed. School officials determined that “the election has been compromised.”
Weaver’s candidacy has been met with opposition due to his work as editor of “The Koala,” a controversial publication distributed on the CSUSM campus.
It gets even weirder. What makes The Koala so controversial? That would be, according to students, its penchant for “homophobic, racist and sexist jokes,” including publishing pictures of female students with male genitalia photoshopped to their faces.
A television adaptation of Jacqueline Susann‘s best-selling novel is currently in the works. Fox and Chernin Entertainment are currently producing the series, with Oscar-nominated Lee Daniels on board as writer and directer. The show was purchased by the NBC network late last year.
There’s only one little problem. According to Jacqueline Susann’s estate, managed by Tiger LLC, Fox doesn’t have the rights to make a Valley of the Dolls series, and they’re suing for copyright infringement
For an industry that’s been screaming bloody murder about copyright infringement as of late, that seems like a colossal oversight. But it’s complicated, of course. There was a time when the studio did have the rights to a Dolls TV series. Which, according to the lawsuit, Fox lost in 1994. But in 1998 the studio optioned the rights to a TV movie of the book. But not a TV series. At least not according to Tiger LLC.
Bottom line, no television show can stand up to the 1967 film version. All parties involved would be best served simply pouring themselves a whiskey sour, pulling up Valley of the Dolls on Netflix, and letting Sharon Tate blow their minds.
Meteorologist Kyle Hunter has over two decades of weather broadcasting experience in Southern California, but when job openings popped up at local stations KCBS and KCAL, he couldn’t land an interview. Instead, those jobs went to younger, hotter, and decidedly more female weathercasters.
Hunter is now suing CBS for age and gender discrimination.
According to the lawsuit, Hunter, “contacted a manager at KCAL to ask why he had not been considered for that position. In response, a member of KCAL management said that the stations aired a lot of sports broadcasts and catered to its many male viewers, and he said ‘You wouldn’t be the type men would want to look at.’”
If only the annual Oscar telecast was this entertaining.
Per a Hollywood, Esq. dispatch from THR senior writer Daniel Miller, some 2011 correspondence between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Edwardsville, IL special events firm TheEventLine.com has escalated into a 2012 lawsuit filed last week. At issue are the eight-foot-tall golden statue props provided by Event Line for special functions.
In response to last year’s AMPAS letters, Event Line changed the name of the prop from “Oscar statue” to “Telly statue” and made alterations to the statue’s appearance. But after some February subterfuge, this now looks to be headed to the courtroom:
According to TheEventLine.com president Robert Hollingsworth, the person sent by the Academy to the [Atlanta] warehouse used a “false name, false address and false purpose” to gain access to the facility and took unauthorized photographs of the Telly Award statuettes and other TheEventLine.com products.
You knew that couldn’t last.
Bloomberg reports that Zell officially wants a piece of all monies won by unsecured creditors in the Tribune bankruptcy case–including those of former employees.
The demand, made through the Zell-controlled company EGI TRB LLC, came in one of the disputes being heard in bankruptcy court over how to split any money creditors win in dozens of lawsuits over claims the buyout was a fraud on creditors. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin Carey began a two-day hearing today about the disputes.
“In the ultimate display of chutzpah, Zell and EGI are asserting that their tainted claims should now be treated on par with innocent creditors who had nothing to do with the LBO,” a group of about 185 retired managers and other highly paid former employees said in court papers.
We’d like to commend the group of former employees for their “ultimate display” of restraint in forgoing the use of any four-letter words in describing Zell.