MTV Europe Has A Potty Mouth, And Other Recent Findings

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MTV Europe Has A Potty Mouth, And Other Recent Findings

Fri Jun 06, 2008 @ 02:06PM PST

Posted by Eriq Gardner

A brief roundup of some minor decisions and cases this week:

• Ofcom, the UK version of the FCC, has fined MTV 255,000 pounds for "persistent" breaches of offensive language. MTV blamed the mistakes on human error and technical problems and says it has a six-point plan to address their failings.

• Ben Karlin, the former head writer on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," is suing TV production unit Frappe Inc. for failing to pay him for work rendered on a PBS series where U.S. celebrity chef Mario Batali and actress Gwyneth Paltrow take a Spanish road trip. Karlin demands $500,000 in New York state court.

• The trade group that represents the major record labels interest in Spain has filed a a $20 million copyright infringement claim in the country against MP2P Technologies, the operator of various file-sharing sites. MP2P says they intend to defend the suit vigorously.


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