Hollywood Docket: Lucasfilm stops Jedi Mind; UMG's lobbying tab; 'Idol' gay exploitation?

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Hollywood Docket: Lucasfilm stops Jedi Mind; UMG's lobbying tab; 'Idol' gay exploitation?

Wed Sep 01, 2010 @ 12:17PM PST
  • The FCC heard testimony from several notable economists in its review of Comcast's acquisition of NBCU. [National Journal]
  • Universal Music Group's tab for lobbying lawmakers during the second quarter of this year is $840,000. [Digital Music News]
  • EMI is taking legal action against a new subscription service called ZapTunes, which offers users up to 2,500 downloads a month, including access to songs by the Beatles and AC/DC, both of whom have refused to license their sound recordings to any digital service. [MusicWeek]
  • After rapper and MTV star Too $hort was found legally responsible for the death of a man, the victim's mother attempted to get the Sheriff's office to serve Sony and MTV with notice of the judgment. Later, the woman sued Los Angeles Country for failing to promptly serve Sony and MTV with a writ of execution. An appeals court has just ruled that LA County wasn't negligent because the case shouldn't have gone to trial in the first place. [Here's the decision.]
  • A former contestant on "American Idol" is suing producers for $100 million for exploiting his sexual orientation by telling him to "gay it up." [TMZ]

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