Hollywood Docket Top 5: 'Down Under' appeal; 50 Cent's strange sex tape; YouTube nudity

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Hollywood Docket Top 5: 'Down Under' appeal; 50 Cent's strange sex tape; YouTube nudity

Thu Feb 25, 2010 @ 10:03AM PST

Entertainment law news you need to care about this morning:

  • EMI is appealing the court ruling that the international hit "Down Under" by Australian band Men at Work violated the copyright on a flute melody from a half-century-old children's song. [NYT]  
  • Book publishers have won a key legal victory against Rapidshare. A German court ordered the file-sharing service to take down access to digital files for 148 book titles. [LAT
  • Rapper 50 Cent is being sued by a woman who claims he edited himself into her sex tape. [Gothamist] In other hip-hop news, the estate of Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls, is being sued for failure to turn over video footage of the late rapper to a movie company that claims it paid $30,000 for the tapes. [CNS]  
  • NBC has won summary judgment against a man who claimed "My Name Is Earl" violated copyright on his screenplay called "Karma!" [Milord & Associates]  
  • The EFF and the National Coalition Against Censorship have written a letter to YouTube asking it to reconsider its removal of work by a video artist that contained nudity. YouTube allows posted films and TV shows to show nudity, but not videos originating from the YouTube user community. [EFF]

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