Hollywood Docket Top 5: Visual artists vs. Google; Polanski special counsel?; Japanese porn vs. Taiwanese pirates

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Hollywood Docket Top 5: Visual artists vs. Google; Polanski special counsel?; Japanese porn vs. Taiwanese pirates

Wed Apr 07, 2010 @ 10:42AM PST
  • The American Society of Media Photographers says it plans to file a lawsuit today against Google for infringing their rights by scanning and displaying their work without compensation. [Reuters]
  • Rupert Murdoch has renewed his attack on Google for violating copyright law by taking content from publications owned by News Corp. Murdoch also was quoted saying he'd be fine with Google being limited to a "headline or a sentence or two." Does Google News do any more than that? [Guardian / Sidney Morning Herald]
  • Despite some success luring filmmakers with one of the most generous incentive programs in the nation, Michigan lawmakers are examining whether they are getting their money's worth. [AP
  • Roman Polanski's lawyers are asking for a special counsel to investigate claims of misconduct in the case against him [NYT]
  • Distributors of Japanese porn films are sending a delegation to Taiwan next week to discuss the way they've been violated by Taiwanese pirates. Oh, if only someone would send us an English transcription of this meeting. Pretty please? [Earth Times]

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