Hollywood Docket: Anti-piracy pact released; Tivo patent reaffirmed; court sketch artist vs. ESPN

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Hollywood Docket: Anti-piracy pact released; Tivo patent reaffirmed; court sketch artist vs. ESPN

Thu Oct 07, 2010 @ 08:38AM PST
  • The full text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was published yesterday (here). Hollywood is supporting the measure, although it's clear that in order to win tech support, language regarding the liability of ISPs for copyright infringement was toned down. Also, missing from the nearly 40 countries on board with the deal is China, notorious for failing to control piracy.  [AP / Bloomberg]
  • The USPTO has reaffirmed the validity of Tivo's "time warp" patent, allowing it to further pursue litigation against companies like EchoStar, alleged to have violated the patent for digital video recorders. [DMW]
  • Taylor Swift has prevailed in a lawsuit against 16 individuals accused of selling counterfeit merchandise. [Tennessean]
  • A mother-daughter team of sketch artists is suing the AP, ESPN and other outlets for allegedly rebroadcasting or republishing their work without permission or compensation. The plaintiffs claim that ESPN used the sketches to illustrate on-air segments involving the cases of Tim Donaghy, Marion Jones and Plaxico Burress. [CNS]
  • Actor Brandon Eaton is suing the prop company that supplied the show "Miami Medical" with a cardiac defibrillator. According to the lawsuit, the company failed to inform the actors that the prop was a "real working device," so Eaton had electrical charges sent through his body. Yikes. [TMZ]

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