Hollywood Docket: ESPN careful with LeBron special; LucasFilm vs. laser; 'Avatar' tech settlement

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Hollywood Docket: ESPN careful with LeBron special; LucasFilm vs. laser; 'Avatar' tech settlement

Thu Jul 08, 2010 @ 12:07PM PST
  • ESPN is taking extra care to make sure that tonight's unusual Lebron James special doesn't violate network policies on paying for interviews. Perhaps in an effort to avoid contractual precedent, ESPN says there are no rights fees or production costs, and it's not a time buy. [THR]

  • LucasFilm has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a Hong Kong maker of a new high-powered laser, threatening legal action for creating a product that it alleges looks too much like the famous light saber from "Star Wars." [CNN]

  • James Cameron's production company and Los Angeles-based Crack Creative have settled a legal dispute arising out of the development of some virtual production technology used in the making of "Avatar." [THR]

  • Next week, lawyers for filmmaker Joe Berlinger will go before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge a lower court's order requiring him to turn over 600 hours of footage taken for a documentary to Chevron. Here's a very insightful look at the controversy and the legal issues involved. [Citizen Media Law Project]

  • A website is taking a "scientific survey" on the favorite television show of law professors. Regardless of the answer, what's the legal definition of a scientific survey? [PrawfsBlawg]

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