Wed Jan 27, 2010 @ 09:50AM PST
Entertainment law news this morning:
- CBS has responded to criticism over a planned Super Bowl advertisement featuring Tim Tebow that critics believe conveys an anti-abortion message. The network says it has moderated its approach to advocacy ad submissions after it became apparent that CBS' stance didn't reflect public sentiment or industry norms. OK, sure. A hard economic climate for advertising may have had more to do with the decision than any legal threats.
- A Chinese court has ruled that the country's largest search engine, Baidu, didn't violate copyright law by linking to sites that hosted unauthorized music downloads. The IFPI said in a statement that it was extremely disappointed with the ruling.
- Shepard Fairey, the artist who is currently waging a copyright battle with the Associated Press over an image used as the basis for his Barack Obama "HOPE" poster, is under criminal investigation. Details of the probe are confidential, but probably relate to admissions of falsehoods and evidence tampering in the AP case.
- "24" star Kiefer Sutherland has been caught up in a cattle-selling scam that is being investigated by the San Joaquin County District Attorney's office. Sutherland allegedly made a $869,000 investment in an operation that promised to buy cattle in Mexico and resell them in the U.S. for a profit. The money was transferred but there isn't any evidence of any cattle buying.
- Sony Music Entertainment is suing TV Guide Network in New York claiming the station violated copyright by airing nine music videos of Michael Jackson soon after the musician died.
- The record industry has asked a court for some time to review its choices after a judge slashed a jury's award in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset case.
- Funny legal question of the day: If a movie is made entirely by monkeys, do the chimps hold copyright or is this a work-for-hire?