'Real World' Dancer Videos Too Brief To Infringe: Viacom

Law360, New York (October 7, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT) -- The producer of the MTV reality show "The Real World" asked a California federal judge Thursday to throw out a video producer's copyright suit over images of dancing women in silhouette, arguing the videos in question were “fleeting and barely perceptible.”

In a motion to dismiss, reality show producer Bunim/Murray Productions and MTV's parent company Viacom International Inc. said the videos appeared only very briefly in the partially or completely obscured backgrounds of a few scenes, thereby failing to overcome the de minimis threshold.

“One has...
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Case Information

Case Title

Farren Music America v. Viacom International Inc et al

Case Number



California Central

Nature of Suit



S. James Otero

Date Filed

August 4, 2011

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