Hollywood Docket: 'Down Under' royalty ruling; Eddie Murphy wins; 'Twilight' game

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Hollywood Docket: 'Down Under' royalty ruling; Eddie Murphy wins; 'Twilight' game

Tue Jul 06, 2010 @ 11:52AM PST
  • The 7th Circuit has dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Eddie Murphy Prods. that alleged the actor's company used copyrighted material to create the Emmy-winning TV show "The PJs." The appeals court upheld a lower court decision that ruled the works weren't similar and that the defendants didn't have access to it. [Here's the decision.]
  • Executives at the trust managing the BBC are facing liquidation at the hands of the new government and fighting for survival. [Guardian] 
  • Summit Entertainment has been fighting against a video-based game that parody "Twilight." The studio sent takedown notices and briefly got YouTube to pull the videos before they were put back up after the maker of the game contacted Summit's digital department. [Mashable]
  • The New York Times says the Supreme Court missed an opportunity to uphold a principle that news publications have a right to be wrong by declining to take a case involving a financial newsletter's failed stock tip that triggered a securities fraud investigation. [NYT] 
  • Thousands of people every day are still downloading "The Hurt Locker" despite a pending lawsuit against a throng of downloaders. [TF] 

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