Hollywood Docket: No big change at AMPTP

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Hollywood Docket: No big change at AMPTP

Fri Oct 16, 2009 @ 09:57AM PST

Entertainment law news this morning:

  • The Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers has named Carol Lombardini as its new president. She's a 27-year AMPTP veteran, now responsible for negotiating new union agreements with the guilds.
  • Public Knowledge has sent a letter opposing the MPAA's petition to the FCC to use Selectable Output Control, which would allow broadcasters to block output of HD content over analog devices. The measure is intended to make it tougher for pirates to distribute content, but critics believe the industry wants to control how consumer electronics are built and used. 
  • A New York magistrate has refused to sanction attorney Ray Beckerman for "vexatious conduct," including making frivolous motions, concealing evidence, and running a blog that makes a bad faith effort to publicly embarrass the RIAA. The judge also tossed Beckerman's counterclaim against the RIAA for abuse of process. 
  • The Interactive Advertising Bureau has sent an open letter to the FTC in an attempt to get the agency to withdraw new guidelines governing the way that bloggers must disclose gifts associations with marketeers. 
  • Spotted: Frank McCourt and Jamie McCourt sat in separate rows at last night's Dodgers-Phillies game, and brought their lawyers in tow. That's one way for attorneys Marshall Grossman and Dennis Wasser to score the hottest ticket in town.
  • USC's annual Entertainment Symposium is tomorrow. We'll be there covering the action, including a keynote speech by Bob Iger and a panel with the heads of four major talent agencies.

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