Hollywood Docket: Hulu clamps down; Wesley Snipes appeals sentence; domain theft indictment

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Hollywood Docket: Hulu clamps down; Wesley Snipes appeals sentence; domain theft indictment

Tue Nov 24, 2009 @ 10:40AM PST

Entertainment law news this morning:

  • ABC says it has received 1,500 complaints over Adam Lambert's sexually-charged performance at the American Music Awards on Sunday. No word yet on whether the FCC intends to take action.
  • Hulu appears to have adopted a new policy towards website embeds of its popular streamed videos. The online video hub, which offers advertising-supported content from NBC, Fox, and ABC, has demanded that several video startups, including Rippol, Yidio, and CastTV, stop embedding Hulu streams. We recently examined the future of embedded video
  • "CSI Miami" actor Eddie Cibrian has filed a $2 million defamation lawsuit against Bauer Publishing Group after the blog for one of its magazines, Life & Style, claimed he cheated on his country music superstar girlfriend, LeAnn Rimes.
  • The European Commission has issued a warning to the Spanish government against instituting a new law that would disconnect repeat copyright infringers from the Internet. Leaders for the EU's telecommunications commission say the law could conflict with EU policy, leaving questions about the legality of other countries currently considering "3 strike" rules.
  • Actor Wesley Snipes is appealing his three year prison sentence for evading federal taxes. Snipes is asking an appeals court to review whether the sentence was "unreasonable" and whether the trial should have been held in New York rather than Florida. 
  • A New Jersey man has become the first individual arrested and now indicted for stealing a domain name. Daniel Goncalves was charged by prosecutors of hacking into the website, P2P.com, and selling the website on eBay for $111,000. Strangely, the buyer of the website with the nifty file-sharing moniker was Los Angeles Clippers forward Mark Madsen.

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