Updated News On NBC, MySpace, and SAG

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Updated News On NBC, MySpace, and SAG

Mon May 19, 2008 @ 10:07AM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

Just some updates on some stories we posted last week:

• There was some confusion last week after Windows Vista Media Center users couldn't digitally record NBC's Monday night programming. Now, Microsoft has acknowledged that it blocked its own users at the request of a broadcaster. They didn't finger the broadcaster, though it's pretty apparent who it is.

• A case of MySpace bullying opened up the door to criminal prosecution for website users who violate terms of service. In another case, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that that the Communications Decency Act of 1996 gives MySpace immunity from lawsuits stemming from sexual assault incidents that arise from the popular social networking site. "(Parties) may sue the third-party user who generated the content, but not the interactive computer service that enabled them to publish the content online," wrote Judge Edith Brown Clement in the ruling.

• Consent and compensation for clips of film and TV work posted online has become a major issue of contention in talks between SAG and the AMPTP. SAG national exec director Doug Allen has posted a video on on SAG’s website that outlines the union's position and stresses that actors have had the right of refusal in traditional media for 50 years.

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