Hollywood Docket: Comcast-NBCU merger condition; libel lawsuits down; 'Jonah Hex' tops most-pirated list

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Hollywood Docket: Comcast-NBCU merger condition; libel lawsuits down; 'Jonah Hex' tops most-pirated list

Mon Oct 11, 2010 @ 08:49AM PST
  • The DOJ and FCC are weighing requiring Comcast to accept arbitration in disputes over programming sales as a condition for blessing the company's acquisition of NBC Universal. [Bloomberg]
  • Lawyers for Lionsgate and hostile investor Carl Icahn are back in court this week, where Icahn is expected to argue that the studio conspired to thwart his takeover bid. [THR
  • Warner Bros.' "Jonah Hex" was the top pirated movie last week. [TF]
  • The U.S. may be witnessing a sharp decline in the number of libel lawsuits against U.S. media outlets. [ABA Journal] However, despite reforms enacted recently in the U.K., defamation claims are on the rise there. [Law Gazette
  • The FCC's October agenda doesn't include mention net neutrality, frustrating critics who want the agency to crack down on ISP's possibly discriminating against some content or applications. [National Journal]
  • Rapper Lil Wayne, currently in jail for gun possession, has been notified that when he gets out, he'll have to face a producer in court, who claims he failed to pay royalties on a hit song. [Boombox]

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