Hollywood Docket: Music publishers vs. LimeWire; Marvel vs. Spider-Man pinatas; FIFA vs. marketers

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Hollywood Docket: Music publishers vs. LimeWire; Marvel vs. Spider-Man pinatas; FIFA vs. marketers

Thu Jun 17, 2010 @ 10:08AM PST
  • Music publishers have filed their own lawsuit against file-sharing service LimeWire, asking a federal court for $150,000 per infringed song. [CNET]
  • "Toy Story 3" hits theaters Friday. Here's the interesting backstory of how a dispute over whether sequels to Pixar films would count towards a multi-picture distribution contract with Disney almost caused the two studios to part ways. Eventually, of course, Disney acquired Pixar. [LAT] 
  • Marvel Entertainment has filed a complaint with Mexican authorities over pirated piñatas, such as Spider-Man, that the studio says violate its rights to the characters. Federal police are now cracking down on piñata vendors. [NYT]
  • IsoHunt, a popular BitTorrent index website, has asked the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to stay an injunction. [Wired]
  • The Guardian checks in on two pieces of litigation involving British highbrow drama producers Merchant Ivory. [Guardian]
  • How FIFA is cracking down on ambush marketing efforts at this year's World Cup. [WSJ]  

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