Fri Jul 23, 2010 @ 08:28AM PST
- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has made a stunning reversal of a lower court's decision granting Mattel ownership of the popular Bratz dolls. A three-judge panel ruled yesterday that the district court was in error in transferring ownership in the $1 billion brand from MGA Entertainment after a trial for copyright infringement and breach of contract. The opinion, authored by Judge Kosinski, could set the stage for a brand new trial. [Reuters]
- Kevin Costner has dismissed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against a music promoter he claimed failed to back his music career. [AP]
- Lionsgate and the Weinstein Co. have officially settled the lawsuit over rights to the Oscar-winning movie "Precious." If that news seems old, it's because we first reported the settlement in April. [BBC]
- Ozzy Osbourne has settled a lawsuit he filed against a former bandmate he accused of falsely taking ownership of the Black Sabbath trademark. [Duetsblog]
- An appeals court in Germany has reversed a preliminary injunction against Rapidshare for not doing enough to prevent the sharing of a movie distributor's films. [Ars Technica]
- Since Lindsay Lohan is preoccupied at the moment, we're not sure who is going to be responsible for taking down this fake Twitter feed of Lindsay postings from jail.
- We recently reported that the firm responsible for suing thousands of anonymous pirates and amici groups such as the EFF weren't seeing eye-to-eye on a court-ordered notice to be sent to defendants explaining their legal rights. Quick update: The judge has just accepted the plaintiff's proposed version of the notice.