Hollywood Docket: Defense Dept.'s torture music; Lil Wayne guilty plea; Polanski extradition

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Hollywood Docket: Defense Dept.'s torture music; Lil Wayne guilty plea; Polanski extradition

Fri Oct 23, 2009 @ 09:57AM PST

Entertainment law news this morning:

  • Swiss authorities formally got a request from the United States for Roman Polanski's extradition.
  • An Amsterdam court has ordered Pirate Bay to remove a list of copyrighted torrents from its website within three months. An appeal is being considered. 
  • The satellite television industry may be attempting to organize sports fans as a lobbying force to push for carriage rules that would benefit satellite TV at the expense of competing cable providers. 
  • In New York, Lil Wayne has plead guilty to attempted weapon possession and could get a year in prison. The rapper is also facing drug posession and weapons charges in Arizona. 
  • The judge in the John Travolta extortion case has ordered a Bahamian lawmaker to appear to explain why he prematurely announced an acquittal verdict, leading to a mistrial. The lawmaker could be held in contempt.
  • A coalition of musicians, including Tom Morello and Trent Reznor, is filing a Freedom of Information Act request to figure out what music the Defense Department used for "enhanced" interrogation purposes. The information could pave the way for a lawsuit of some kind, although we're not sure what the grounds would be. At very least, perhaps ASCAP can check in to see whether the DOD had a license to publicly broadcast the music.

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