Hollywood Docket Top 5: RealNetworks settlement; return of Danger Mouse; CBS vs. penis

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Hollywood Docket Top 5: RealNetworks settlement; return of Danger Mouse; CBS vs. penis

Thu Mar 04, 2010 @ 09:47AM PST
  • RealNetworks has settled its dispute with the MPAA over a software that lets users make digital copies of DVDs. The company has agreed to abandon its antitrust claims and pay the movie industry $4.5 million to reimburse it for legal fees and costs. [THR]
  • Politicians are entering the fray in the dispute between Cablevision and ABC over retransmission fees. Two senators sent dueling letters to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski that offered arguments about whether the regulatory agency should get involved. [THR 
  • A few high-profile appeals-level judges took the stand yesterday to testify against a shock jock radio host who had issued death threats against them. [NYT] 
  • Last year, we wrote about a legal mystery that interfered with the release of a hotly anticipated album from Danger Mouse entitled, "Dark Night of the Soul." The differences that lead the musician to release a blank CD-R in protest have been settled, and EMI says it plans to release the album soon. [BBC]
  • CBS is being sued by a man who claims the network's show "The Doctors" tricked him into appearing before a live studio audience to undergo laser surgery on his penis. The man says he suffered great embarrassment. This isn't the first time that a sensitive medical procedure has caused a legal fuss. Last year, Fox News was sued for airing a woman's breast surgery gone horribly wrong. [CNS]

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