Mon Aug 09, 2010 @ 09:32AM PST
- People outside the music industry are always surprised to learn that performing rights organizations actually enforce copyrights against bars and restaurants that play songs without paying a license. Well, meet Devon Baker, who gets the full NY Times magazine treatment in a fascinating peek at the enforcement process. [NYT]
- Disney and Universal have won $500,000 from 66stage.com, a website that trafficked in copyright infringing movies. The website has agreed to cease operating. Here's the consent judgment.
- "Sex and the City 2" falls to the second most pirated film, beaten by "Tekken." Among the popular pirated films still in theaters are "Salt," "Inception" and "Toy Story 3." [TF]
- A PR firm says that Tareq and Michaele Salahi, who infamously showed up at a party at the White House and now are stars on "Real Housewives of D.C.," owe $15,000. The couple were served papers at a Bravo-sponsored premiere party. [WaPost]
- Nobel Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel got a playwright to remove his name from a play that imagined he had a relationship with convicted fraudster Bernie Madoff. Threats of a lawsuit spooked the original theater scheduled to run the production. [WSJ]
- Will "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino be the next star to fight over a sex tape? The singer has been embroiled in a custody dispute with the wife of a man with whom she allegedly has a relationship--and the wife claims there is a sex tape. [WCNC]