Thursday, November 2, 2006
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner have a deal with MGM to take control of United Artists, the studio founded in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and D. W. Griffith. UA is an MGM company.
A Denver, Colorado judge has ruled that actors may not light up on stage in violation of a state-wide ban on smoking. The Colorado statute bans the use of tobacco and clove and other plant materials packaged for smoking. The theaters which challenged the ban had sought to use tea leaf cigarettes as a substitute and had requested a preliminary injunction. Judge Michael Martinez said, ""From the testimony I`ve heard, the plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate that smoking in the theater constitutes expressive conduct." Read more here.
Wednesday, November 1, 2006
The Diebold company, makers of electronic voting machines, has asked HBO to cancel its upcoming airing of "Hacking Democracy", or to air short disclaimers about the show's content to alert viewers, but HBO has refused both requests. Diebold is unhappy about claims made on HBO's website that voting machines caused problems with previous elections and might cause problems this year. Here's criticism of the HBO program from the Diebold website.
Madonna's production company, Maverick Films, is suing Inferno Distribution over a project called "The Stanford Prison Experiment". Maverick says Inferno unfairly obtained information about the project and is now engaged in a competing, similar, project. Maverick is suing "misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract and fraud" and is seeking an injunction and substantial damages. Read more here and here.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Monday, October 30, 2006
A federal judge has sentenced Grant Stanley to five months in prison, probation and a three thousand dollar fine for his part in making Revenge of the Sith and other copyrighted materials available to eager users via a P2P service which used BitTorrent technology. Stanley violated the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act of 2005. Federal agents shut down the site for which Stanley worked in May of 2005. Read more here and here.