Hollywood Docket: Studios defeat antitrust claim; free speech vs. campaign finance law; off 'The Deep End'

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Hollywood Docket: Studios defeat antitrust claim; free speech vs. campaign finance law; off 'The Deep End'

Mon Jan 11, 2010 @ 10:46AM PST

Entertainment law news this morning:

  • Federal judge Marilyn Hall Patel has dismissed RealNetworks' antitrust claims against the movie studios for withholding licenses that would have allowed Real create a product that would let consumers make copies of DVDs to their computer. In a sharply-worded ruling, Judge Patel attacks Real's grounds for having antitrust standing — including failure to show an antitrust conspiracy and failure to show injury — and won't even give Real the opportunity to amend its complaint.
  • A big Supreme Court case will be heard this week that will decide whether the NFL should be treated as one entity or 32 separate businesses. There's much at stake in the American Needle case for the entertainment and media industry, such as antitrust exemptions in professional sports and billions of dollars in licensing, and how the league negotiates its TV deals. Even New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees has a column weighing the legal ramifications.
  • In other Supreme Court news, the high court will soon make a ruling in Citizens United v. FEC, where producers of the documentary, "Hillary: The Movie," objected to restrictions made by regulators on the film's release. Many expect the Supreme Court to reject campaign finance laws in favor of free speech.
  • Google has agreed to stop scanning and uploading Chinese books to the company's online library without permission. Recently, Chinese authors and local leaders have raised vocal opposition, including at least one lawsuit. 
  • Amlaw Daily previews the new ABC show "The Deep End," following five fictional associates at large Los Angeles-based law firm, and profiles the legal minds behind the show.
  • Former "West Wing" actress Kim Webster is suing her landlord, LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling, saying he failed to fix faulty electrical wiring in her home that caused the building to catch on fire. Do the Lakers have this problem?

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