Month: March 2018

Studios locked in ferocious fight over on-screen wizardry, with copyright, patent, and mark protections claimed for special-effects tech

Rearden, a high-powered computing company that has sought to establish its creative reputation in the movie industry with its special-effects work on some well-known films, now wants to become a legal innovator, too. It’s doing so by pursuing a complex lawsuit, a case that began when Rearden first sought to protect its legal rights over what it claimed was an unauthorized use of its technology by a Chinese-owned company, Digital Domain, aka DD3. A federal judge recently ruled that DD3 behaved “fraudulently,” and ordered it to return disputed movie-making technology to Rearden (click on the photo above to play a...

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Even as stars rip Hollywood on its brightest night for its sexism and racism, IMDb site, a judge rules, can post thespian ages, a practice that women say harms careers

Although Hollywood gave full-throated cry at the Academy Awards over the weekend to its aspiration to be much more inclusive, less sexist and racist, some legal matters and hard numbers may belie any premature celebrations of progress in the industry for women and people of color. Let’s start with a tough data point for a business that lives and dies by what its fans do: The 90th Oscars were the least-watched in at least a decade, with viewership of the prime-time Sunday broadcast dipping 20 percent to 26.5 million viewers. Combine that stat — yes, it was affected by streaming and...

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Landlord white-washes walls of ‘graffiti,’ but U.S. judge invokes ‘VARA,’ imposing $6.7 million penalty for damage to big Queens display of ‘aerosol art’

Gerald Wolkoff, a building owner in the New York borough of Queens, in search of what he might have thought was his picture-perfect ending to an escalating dispute with neighborhood artists,  did more than rub out what some might consider walls covered with graffiti. He also rubbed the wrong way a federal judge, federal jurors, and a corps of “aerosol artists,” destroying dozens of artistic creations with legal protections, described in a court document as the nation’s “largest collection of exterior aerosol art.” The landlord’s aggressive action against the wall mural mecca known as 5Pointz will come at a hefty...

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