Hollywood Docket: Behold! Gov't piracy plan unveiled; Foo Fighters vs. ad; Naked Cowboy vs. Naked Cowgirl

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Hollywood Docket: Behold! Gov't piracy plan unveiled; Foo Fighters vs. ad; Naked Cowboy vs. Naked Cowgirl

Wed Jun 23, 2010 @ 10:41AM PST
  • New IP enforcement czar Victoria Espinel trotted out VP Joe Biden and a who's-who of law enforcement types to unveil the govermnet's plan to crack down on piracy. "To state it very bluntly, piracy hurts," Biden said. "It hurts our economy, our health and our safety." Attorney general Eric Holder outlined the creation of a task force, as well as hiring 15 new Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 20 FBI special agents dedicated to combating domestic and international IP property crimes. [THR]
  • An appeals court has upheld a royalty structure set by the Copyright Royalty Board. The royalty rate applies to distributed sound recordings that necessitate compulsory licenses, such as covers and certain ringtones. The RIAA had challenged the CRB decision, claiming it to be "arbitrary and capricious." The appeals court also set fees for late payments. [Bloomberg / Copyright Litigation Blog]
  • The Foo Fighters are suing executives of an ad agency in Australia for using a portion of their 1999 hit "Learn to Fly" in a commercial. [Jam]
  • A promoter is suing Bow Wow for taking $50,000 to perform two concerts but never showing up. [CNS] 
  • The Naked Cowboy, the near nude guy who roams Times Square in NYC, has some sophisticated managers and lawyers. He's sent a cease-and-desist letter to a woman who calls herself "The Naked Cowgirl" and is threatening to sue for $150,000 for trademark infringement. What's more incredible is the fact that the Cowboy has a "Naked Cowboy Franchise Agreement" that requires licensed franchisees to pay $5,000 a year or $500 a month. [NYP]

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