Hollywood Docket: Google wants to charge the music industry for anti-piracy help

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Hollywood Docket: Google wants to charge the music industry for anti-piracy help

Wed Oct 13, 2010 @ 08:36AM PST
  • Today's must-read: The RIAA and the IFPI, two music industry trade groups, recently sent a letter to Google asking for more aid in tracking down pirated material online. Google said it would help, but only for a price -- frustrating the music industry. We recently covered growing tension between the entertainment industry and Google, so we have a feeling this isn't going away. [CNET]
  • Why can't they get along? Two law firms involved in each suing thousands of alleged pirates are in conflict over trademark. The US Copyright Group, the outfit suing "Hurt Locker" pirates among others, recently sent a cease-and-desist letter to the Media Copyright Group, which is suing a bunch of alleged porn pirates. MCG has responded by filing a lawsuit against USCG, asking a court for a declaratory judgement that its name isn't infringing a trademark. [Ars Technica]
  • The lawyers for Eminem's publisher, Eight Mile Style, have filed a motion asking a federal district court in Detroit to enforce a 2009 settlement of $2.2 million with Apple and Aftermath Records. The settlement stems from a dispute over royalties owed over iTunes sales. [AmLaw Daily]
  • News Corp. and Cablevision are still at an impasse over the negotiation of a new carriage agreement. The fight, which threatens Fox broadcast stations in New York and Philadelphia, is happening as the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies compete in the MLB playoffs. [THR]
  • A judge has given final approval to a $20.1 million settlement in an investor class action involving Take-Two Interactive Software, makers of the game "Grand Theft Auto," over improper backdating of stock options. [Law360]
  • Interesting ethics issue: A NY Times reporter wrote a story about Hewlett Packard's incoming CEO and his involvement in an IP lawsuit between SAP and Oracle. It then came to light that the reporter's fiance was the director of communications at the David Boies' law firm, which is representing Oracle in the lawsuit. The NYT appended the story, saying that had the reporter known, he wouldn't have written the story. Fair? [ATD]

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