3 Count: Double Dealing

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1: Roberto Clemente Biopic Sparks Lawsuit Accusing Family of Double-Dealing In Selling Rights

First, today, Winston Cho at The Hollywood Reporter Esquire reports that the independent studio Inside the Park has filed a lawsuit against the estate of Roberto Clemente and their management firm. The studio accuses the estate of selling them the rights to a biopic of the baseball legend even though they’d previously sold the rights to Legendary Pictures.

According to the lawsuit, Inside the Park had developed a movie about Roberto Clemente for over two years only to learn that the film was only meant to “generate renewed interest and publicity” for Clemente ahead of another project. The lawsuit alleges that, in 2015, Legendary Pictures reached a deal with the family following the publication of a biography, though the project stalled.

However, the family said they wanted out of that deal with Lionsgate and were unaware that a final payment had been made. The agreement between Inside the Park and the family fell apart last year when the family and their broker returned the money. However, Inside the Park claims that the family fraudulently induced them into buying the rights and is suing for breach of contract, fraud, and more. They are seeking at least $5 million in damages.

2: DAZN Wins Court Order to Block Around 90 Pirate Sports Streaming Sites

Next up today, Andy Maxwell at Torrentfreak writes that the streaming service DAZN has won a court decision in Brussels that will block approximately 90 sports piracy domains.

The case was filed at the Dutch-speaking Business Court in Brussels. For this, DAZN’s Eleven Sports Network (ESN) teamed up with 12th Player BV, a joint venture between ESN and Mediapro. They asked the court to block some 90 domains they said were involved in sports piracy, including many targeted at soccer (football).

The court found that none of the claims were inadmissible. Internet service providers (ISPs) challenged the claim but offered no argument supporting their case. As such, the court ruled in favor of DAZN and ordered local ISPs to block the sites in question.

3: Adobe Scolded for Selling ‘Ansel Adams-Style’ Images Generated by AI

Finally today, Jess Weatherbed at The Verge reports that Adobe is facing criticism from the estate of photographer Ansel Adams over the company’s sale of “Ansel Adams-style” images generated using AI.

Adobe hosts a stock image platform and allows users to sell AI-generated images. However, their policy forbids using “prompts containing other artist names.” The estate took to X (formerly Twitter) to complain about several images sold on their site that claimed to be in Ansel Adams style.

Adobe removed the images and says it has contacted the estate. However, the estate claims it has contacted Adobe repeatedly since August 2023. Nonetheless, Adobe says it has taken “appropriate steps” against the user for violating their terms of service.

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