Hollywood Docket: Supremes crush video law; Biggie civil suit dismissed; Arnold's 'Terminator' deal

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Hollywood Docket: Supremes crush video law; Biggie civil suit dismissed; Arnold's 'Terminator' deal

Tue Apr 20, 2010 @ 11:45AM PST
  • In a big victory for free speech and documentary filmmakers, the Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 to invalidate a law that criminalized Internet sales of videos that show graphic violence against animals. The decision overturned the conviction of a man sentenced to three years in prison for videos he made about pit bull fights. Patricia Millet from the Washington office of Akin Gump argued the case for the filmmaker.  [AP]
  • After nearly a decade, a wrongful death lawsuit against the LAPD over the death of Notorious B.I.G. has been dismissed. [FindLaw]
  • Actor Michael Douglas pleaded with a New York district court judge yesterday to show mercy to his son who was convicted on drug charges. [NYDN]
  • File-hosting service Rapidshare has been unsuccessful in an effort to move a copyright infringement lawsuit filed against it by adult media company Perfect 10 from U.S. to Germany. [TF]
  • The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, an international treaty proposing tougher enforcement of copyright infringement, will be published this week officially for the first time. [IP Watch] 
  • Bonus must-read: Arnold Schwarzenegger's contract for "Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines," put together by Jake Bloom, is "still the gold standard for Hollywood lawyers." [Gawker

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