July 27, 2006
Kazaa Suits Settled
Sharman Networks, which manufactures Kazaa software, will pay more than $115 million to movie and music companies to settle lawsuits over illegal downloading. The company said that it will negotiate with affected companies so that its software could be used in legal downloading. Read more in a New York Times article here.
Suing the Studios Over "Idea Theft"
Read Alison Hope Weiner's New York Times piece on lawyer John Marder and his attempts to sue major studios for the notion of "idea theft", based on the case of Grosso v. Miramax (383 F.3d 965 (2004)). In addition to the Grosso case, other current lawsuits involving movies or shows involving "idea theft" include Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance". Last year, Anthony Spinner filed a lawsuit against ABC for idea theft over its hit show "Lost."
July 24, 2006
"It's a Little Bit Funny"....Elton John, Naomi Campbell and the British Law of Privacy
Elton John has tried and failed to get an injunction against the Daily Mail's publication of photographs that he claims invade his privacy. The photos, he claims, show the extent of his hair loss, something about which he is apparently particularly sensitive. Dan Tench explains how this decision conflicts with a House of Lords decision two years ago in which Naomi Campbell won an invasion of privacy suit against the Mirror for publishing a photo of her leaving a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Tench notes that set against the famous Princess Caroline of Monaco victory in the European Court of Human Rights, these two cases now show that British right of privacy law is now difficult to reconcile. Read Tench's article here in the Media Guardian.
July 23, 2006
Another Trial Over Controversial Cartoons
Indonesian editor Teguh Santosa will face trial for "inciting animosity and hatred" toward Islam under his nation's law for publishing controversial Danish cartoons that originally appeared in print nearly a year ago. Read an account of the issue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The Web as Film Content
John Clark of the New York Times has an interesting piece on Hollywood's interest in web denizens, even though for the most part the twain still haven't met. Read Clark's piece on the potential of glitterati clickerati here.
Continuing the Discussion Over Conflicts of Interest in Research in Science and Medicine
Today's New York Times has an editorial discussing the continuing debate over when--or whether--authors of articles published in scientific and medical peer reviewed journals should disclose their ties to who fund their research fully or in part. Read it here. The cases the editorial refers to include a July 12 article by David Armstrong of the Wall Street Journal that detailed a February 2006 study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (online content requires subscription). Read more here.