Hollywood Docket: More 'wardrobe malfunction'; Angelyne strips 'Notorious'; $2B Chinese lawsuit

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Hollywood Docket: More 'wardrobe malfunction'; Angelyne strips 'Notorious'; $2B Chinese lawsuit

Wed Jan 06, 2010 @ 10:03AM PST

Entertainment law news this morning:

  • The legal battle over the infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl hasn't ended. The 3rd Circuit court of appeals has scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 23 to re-hear arguments over whether the FCC was proper in fining CBS-owned stations $550,000 for indecency. The Supreme Court previously remanded the case back to the appeals level, which will try to determine if CBS had the means to block the reveal and chose no to do so.
  • Lawyers for the late author Philip K. Dick aren't pleased by Google's announcement yesterday of its new Nexus One phone. The Dick estate says the name is a rip-off of the Nexus-6 androids from Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" which became the basis for one of our favorite sci-fi films, 1982's "Bladerunner."
  • She's baaack. We last reported that Angelyne, the infamous billboard model who ran for California governor in 2003, was suing the city of Los Angeles for not delivering her fan mail. Angelyne's latest targets are makers of the 2009 film "Notorious," including Fox Searchlight and P Diddy's film company, for allegedly featuring her image on a copyrighted billboard for 12 seconds of the film. 
  • The National Music Publishers Association has settled a copyright infringement suit against operators of an online database of song lyrics. Under the terms, defendant Motive Force is permanently enjoined from further using unlicensed song lyrics and will turn over funds associated with the enterprise. The NMPA still has cases outstanding against other lyric providers.
  • The WGA East submitted a filing to the FCC yesterday that reemphasized its support of network neutrality rules, saying that open access shouldn't interfere with combating piracy. 
  • CBS, ABC and Fox have settled a lawsuit that alleged Hang 10 Technologies made unauthorized retransmission of New York broadcast TV shows to mobile devices. Hang 10 agreed to stop reproducing the programming without authorization and expressed hope the company could forge better relationships with the major broadcasters.
  • A California software company has filed a $2.2 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against the People's Republic of China, two Chinese software makers and seven major computer manufacturers. The company claims the Chinese government used the software to block citizens from accessing objectionable political and religious websites.

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