Hollywood Docket: Supremes tackle first-sale law; 'Ugly' idea theft?; Apple vs. Gizmodo

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Hollywood Docket: Supremes tackle first-sale law; 'Ugly' idea theft?; Apple vs. Gizmodo

Wed Apr 21, 2010 @ 10:19AM PST
  • The Supreme Court will hear a copyright infringement dispute between Costco Wholesale Corp. and Swatch Group over imported watches. The case doesn't involve entertainment companies but it pertains to the Copyright Act's first-sale doctrine, which should be of great interest in Hollywood. [Reuters]
  • Dow Jones is suing the website Briefing.com for copying a substantial portion of many of its articles, including at least 100 within three minutes of initial publication. [Business Wire]
  • The American Cable Association, a trade group of smaller cable systems, is pushing the FCC for tougher restrictions on Comcast as part of its proposed takeover of NBCU. [B&C
  • Gizmodo has posted a screenshot of Apple's next iPhone, which the blog claims was bought from an individual who found it in a California bar. Apple claims it was stolen. [Cit Media Law Project / Above the Law] 

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