Adelphia Tries To Dodge Disney Payments

Law360, New York (December 14, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Adelphia Communications Corp. is grasping at straws to avoid payment on copyright license agreements worth more than $200 million, according to the Walt Disney Co., which will argue its case Friday in a bankruptcy court hearing.

Disney claims that its agreements with Adelphia are nonexclusive copyright licenses rather than so-called requirements contracts, as Adelphia argues. The challenge was laid out in Disney’s response to Adelphia’s Chapter 11 plan confirmation brief.

If Adelphia convinces the court that its copyright deals with ESPN and other Disney affiliates are...
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