Hollywood Docket Top 5: Google books settlement delay; Comcast-NBCU; top 15 trademark battles

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Hollywood Docket Top 5: Google books settlement delay; Comcast-NBCU; top 15 trademark battles

Fri Feb 19, 2010 @ 11:22AM PST

Entertainment law news you need to care about this morning:

  • A federal judge put off a ruling on whether to approve Google's class action lawsuit settlement with publishers over digital books. During a marathon hearing, lawyers representing the Justice Department, children's book authors, privacy advocates and business competitors blasted the proposed settlement. [NYT]
  • Hearings over the Comcast-NBC Universal merger are being used as an opportunity to examine cable carriage agreements. Senator Russ Feingold sent a letter asking if Comcast intends to use its leverage as the owner of various cable networks, including USA, Syfy and Bravo, to force consumers to pay for less popular channels. [LAT]
  • Infomercial star Kevin Trudeau was held in criminal contempt and sentenced to 30 days in jail with a $5,000 fine after exhorting supporters to email the court to explain "how I have changed your life for the better." The court was swamped with 300 messages. An appeals court then granted a last-minute stay. Gee, imagine how the court would have reacted to a star with even more of a fan following. [Chicago Sun-Times] 
  • "Sex and the City," the Beatles, Paris Hilton and "the Situation" from MTV's "Jersey Shore" make the list of the 15 most bizarre trademark battles. [The Street
  • If anyone in Hollywood with graphic art abilities and a sense of humor wishes to respond to this infographic from Boing Boing with their own drawing, send it to us at eriqgardner@yahoo.com and we'll post the best (click for larger version):


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