Tue Jul 27, 2010 @ 09:58AM PST
- First profanity. Next, nudity? The Second Circuit Court of Appeals is asking the FCC and ABC to submit briefs to see how a recent decision on "fleeting profanity" case should be applied in "fleeting nudity" circumstances. The case involves the FCC fining ABC for airing seven seconds of a character's rear end on "NYPD Blue" in 2003. [B&C]
- The Yes Men couldn't get E&O insurance on its new film where they prank corporations and governmental agencies, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. So they've decided to release the film on BitTorrent and have asked viewers for donations. [Mashable]
- Actor Rainn Wilson of "The Office" is countersuing a Portland website company for $400,000 over work for Wilson's whimsical website, SoulPancake. [AP]
- Award-winning documentarian Jo Franklin is suing the Kentucky Horse Park Federation for bowing to pressures from Saudi Arabia and breaching an agreement to distribute a documentary about "the majesty and nobility of the Arabian horse." Franklin claims the Saudi government, who planned to sponsor an exhibition on Arabian horses in Kentucky, didn't like how the doc portrayed the country. [CNS]
- Settlement alert! We previously wrote that Summit Entertainment was suing the maker of a documentary about Forks, Washington, the locale of the "Twilight" franchise. The case has now been dismissed after the two sides reached an agreement. The documentary producer, Topics, has agreed to stop distributing its film and deliver to Summit all copies of the documentary for destruction. Sounds like it'll be a collector's item soon. Here are the court papers.