Court…where you humanity goes to die…entertainment edition

New York – Dish Network failed to persuade a New York circuit judge  to stop broadcast networks from pursuing lawsuits in California over a Dish service allowing ad- free TV viewing.  U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain ruled the copyright-infringement lawsuits will be tried in Los Angeles, where three major TV networks sued, and not in New York, where Dish filed its own complaint. Breach of contract claims between Dish and the networks will be heard in New York, she said.

Seems like smart business to take away things from your customer base over a fight that have nothing to do with them at all.  Just another glorious way to run an out-of-date and dying fast media.  Thumbs Up.

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California – They didn’t get to make Escape From Planet Earth but the producer and the director suing the Weinstein Company for $50 million will get to see it soon. “Brian Inerfeld, Tony Leech and their counsel (collectively “Plaintiffs) shall be permitted to view the current version of the film titled Escape From Planet Earth( “the Draft Film”) at a private screening arranged by The Weinstein Company, LLC (“TWC”),” ordered judge Paul Feinman about the animated film on June 18.

It’s got to be every masochist dream to work for the Weinstein fellows someday.  They seem like such sweet creatures (I love the brothers and would love them even more if they gave me money so let’s not burn that bridge just yet).

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Did you know the “Old Lady Nip Slip Incident” is still in court?

The Supreme Court refused to let the Federal Communications Commission defend the $550,000 it levied against CBS over Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction” during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show.  Regulators had petitioned the high court for certiorari after the 3rd Circuit invalidated the fine last year.

Chief Justice John Roberts said Friday that he agreed the case did not merit review from the Supreme Court, but he add that the Philadelphia-based federal appeals court may have erred in seeing the fine as “an unex­plained departure from the agency’s longstanding policy of excusing the broadcast of fleeting moments of indecency.”

That’s the speed of justice.

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