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First off today, Meg James at the LA Times reports that CBS has reached a settlement with rival broadcaster ABC over the latter’s show “The Glass House”, which CBS had sued them over, claiming it was a copyright infringement of their hit reality TV show “Big Brother”.
The settlement puts an end to a 15-month legal battle over ABC’s failed show. Though the settlement terms were not completely disclosed, CBS did say it would receive compensation though not how much.
Initially, CBS had tried and failed to get an injunction to prevent “The Glass House” from airing but failed. The case expanded to involve the producer for the show and two executives that formerly worked for CBS on “Big Brother”. However, the case moved to arbitration earlier this year and has now been settled. (H/T Copyright Alliance)
Next up today, Eriq Gardner at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that the legal dispute over the rights over the next “Dungeons and Dragons” film will not be over any time soon as the judge has denied a motion for summary judgment, calling it “premature”.
Hasbro, the owners of the game and the brand, previously licensed the movie to Sweatpea Entertainment, which made a movie in 2000 and did not follow up with another theatrical release. According to their contract, the rights to make sequels would revert back to Hasbro if Sweatpea did not follow up within five years.
But while Sweatpea did not make another theatrical film, it released two made-for-TV films, one in 2005 and one in 2012. Hasbro, now wanting to work with Universal Studios on a new film, sued Sweatpea over it’s planned sequel with Warner Brothers. Sweatpea countered with a motion for summary judgment, which was denied. This sets the stage for potentially lengthy litigation over the exact terms of the contract.
Finally today, Derek Thompson at The Atlantic reports that Bauer, the musician behind the popular song “Harlem Shake”, which has gone on to be a viral hit on YouTube due to a large number of dance videos, claims he has not seen any money from his song’s success.
Part of the problem Bauer faces is that the song was composed of samples from other works, samples he had failed to clear. Though his record label was able to straighten the licensing out, no money has reached him despite millions of YouTube views.
However, Bauer has had his career launched by the song and is currently both performing live shows and recording new singles.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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