Hollywood Docket Top 5: AFTRA-SAG harmony; photography copyrights questioned; musicians vs. politicians

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Hollywood Docket Top 5: AFTRA-SAG harmony; photography copyrights questioned; musicians vs. politicians

Mon Mar 01, 2010 @ 09:41AM PST
  • AFTRA's board has unanimously approved joint bargaining with SAG on the guilds' TV-theatrical contracts set to expire June 30, 2011. [THR]
  • Thousands of song copyrights are entangled in a complicated court battle between Carbert Music and May-Loo Music. Carbert, the publisher of songs including AC/DC's "Back in Black," James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)," and "What a Wonderful World," claims songs were fraudulently registered. [CNS 
  • An L.A. Times feature follows the copyright debate sparked by a Photo District News report on the similarities between dueling photography exhibits by David Burdeny and Sze Tsung. A great example of why line-drawing on "fair use" in the photo world is so difficult. [PDN, LAT]
  • An Amsterdam court's March 1 deadline to remove a list of "infringing" torrents from the Pirate Bay has come and thus far no changes have been made to the popular source of pirated media. [TorrentFreak]
  • More in the ongoing saga of Musicians v. Politicians: Two high-profile gubernatorial candidates in Texas have been using a lot of popular music in campaign commercials posted on YouTube. In reaction, several bands are getting lawyers involved in sending cease-and-desist letters. [Star-Telegram]

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