Hollywood Docket: David Byrne vs. Charlie Crist; NFL antitrust ruling; Facebook privacy

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Hollywood Docket: David Byrne vs. Charlie Crist; NFL antitrust ruling; Facebook privacy

Tue May 25, 2010 @ 11:13AM PST
  • It's officially a trend: Musicians are targeting politicians for the unauthorized use of their music in campaigns. Now David Byrne is suing Florida governor Charlie Crist. [Billboard]
  • Top Democratic legislators say they will begin the process to modernize telecommunications law. One of the issues will be the FCC's mandate for regulating the Internet in light of a decision last month that the agency overstepped its boundaries. [NYT] 
  • The Supreme Court held yesterday that the NFL is not a "single entity" for the purposes of antitrust review of its licensing deals. The decision shouldn't shake up the billions of dollars that go to the league in TV broadcasting rights deals, thanks to a specific exemption given in 1961 by Congress to sports leagues for national TV contracts. [Sports Illustrated] However, the ruling does raise some interesting issues with regards to the licensing of video games. [Kotaku]
  • A German company has filed a lawsuit against MPEG-LA, a licensing consortium managing the patent pool for various multimedia technologies, claiming the body has abused its monopoly power. [OSnews]
  • Maybe this unnamed Hollywood executive wants to join the class action lawsuit targeting Facebook's privacy policies. According to New York magazine, Hollywood is abuzz over how this exec's status updates may be inadvertently revealing he's about to or has already been fired. [NYM]

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