Media & Entertainment

  • February 16, 2007

    Tribune Co. Accuses Fox Of Trademark Infringement

    Media conglomerate Tribune Co. has alleged in a lawsuit that Fox News Network LLC’s new “Red Eye” late night television program infringes the trademarks on its “Redeye” newspaper, a spin-off of the Chicago Tribune.

  • February 16, 2007

    NLRB Clears Writers Guild In Battle With NBC

    In a setback for NBC Universal Inc., the National Labor Relations Board has dismissed a complaint filed by two of the media and entertainment giant’s subsidiaries against a writers’ union over compensation for creating Internet programming.

  • February 16, 2007

    Creditors Object To Sale Of Air America Radio

    A federal bankruptcy judge has reportedly approved the $4.25 million sale of liberal talk radio network Air America Radio to Stephen L. Green, the chairman of SL Green Realty Corp., inciting objections from the official committee of unsecured creditors.

  • February 20, 2007

    Disney Comes Up Empty-Handed In “Pooh” Battle

    A federal judge has shot down an attempt supported by Walt Disney Co. to take away the rights to the “Winnie the Pooh” trademark from the Slesinger family, the long-time licensee of the popular honey-craving bear.

  • February 15, 2007

    Italian Antitrust Authorities Probe Media Sector

    Italian antitrust authorities are examining the newspaper, magazine and multimedia publishing industries in a preliminary probe into distribution and price-setting practices in the sector.

  • February 14, 2007

    Judge Postpones Hearing On Granite’s Ch. 11 Plan

    A bankruptcy judge has pushed off a hearing on Granite Broadcasting Corp.’s latest version of its exit plan to give all parties a chance to look over the revisions.

  • February 13, 2007

    Electronics Firms Urge E.U. To Slash Copyright Tax

    Several of Europe’s top technology and electronics companies want regulators to explain why they are dragging their feet on making a decision about a controversial copyright tax, arguing that the levy is too high.

  • February 13, 2007

    Bondholders Blast Adelphia’s IPO Plans

    Bondholders of Adelphia Communications Corp. have filed an objection to the cable company’s plan to hold an initial public offering of Time Warner Corp. stock as stipulated by the buyout agreement reached between the two companies.

  • February 12, 2007

    Court OK's Adelphia's Chapter 11 Plan

    After weeks of wrangling, a district court judge gave Adelphia Communications Corp.’s reorganization plan the green light Monday, moving the cable provider one step closer to emerging from Chapter 11.

  • February 12, 2007

    MySpace Launches Video-Filtering Service

    After suffering a myriad of entertainment industry lawsuits over copyrighted contents on its site, online networking portal MySpace.com said Monday that it would experiment with a video-filtering system that will block clips containing copyrighted materials.

  • February 12, 2007

    Court Rules Tribal Casinos Fall Under Labor Laws

    In a blow to Indian tribes’ sovereignty across the United States, an appeals court has found that an affluent Southern California tribe is subject to federal labor law.

  • February 9, 2007

    Adelphia Bondholders' Appeal Shot Down

    A federal appeals court panel has reportedly shot down a request by Adelphia Communications Corp.’s bondholders to have a lower court decision overturned that required them to post a $1.3 billion bond in exchange for a review of the cable provider’s bankruptcy case.

  • February 8, 2007

    Court OK’s Ravelston Plea Bargain In Black Case

    The holding company once controlled by newspaper magnate Conrad Black has been given permission to plead guilty to fraud charges in conjunction with the criminal case pending against Black and his former associates.

  • February 8, 2007

    Fight For Winnie The Pooh Continues

    Continuing a drawn-out squabble, Stephen Slesinger Inc. has petitioned the U.S. Patent Office to terminate Walt Disney Co.’s trademark on beloved children’s character Winnie the Pooh.

  • February 8, 2007

    AMS Seeks Retention Plan Approval

    Book marketer Advanced Marketing Services Inc. has asked a bankruptcy court to approve the company’s retention bonus plan for more than 100 employees at a publishing unit the company is looking to sell this summer.

  • February 7, 2007

    Norway: Apple Is Shifting Blame On DRM Issues

    In response to Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs’ comments addressing iTunes’ antitrust issues, Norway’s Consumer Council said on Wednesday that though it praised the company for taking the issue seriously, Apple was hiding behind record companies instead of examining the key issues.

  • February 6, 2007

    Boston Globe Sues Printing Co. Over Customer Data

    The Boston Globe has fired off a suit against a local printing firm and its employees to block them from using trade secrets the newspaper claims they stole from the Globe’s direct marketing unit.

  • February 5, 2007

    Apple, Fab Four Settle Trademark Dispute

    Apple Inc. and the Beatles have managed to come together over the use of the Apple trademark to sell digital music downloads and other products.

  • February 6, 2007

    Rival Sues Apple, Nike Over iPod Running Product

    PhatRat Technology has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. and Nike Inc., alleging the companies infringed its patent for measuring athletic performance with their Nike + iPod Sports Kit.

  • February 5, 2007

    Trustee Asks For Examiner In Granite Case

    The U.S. Trustee in Granite Broadcasting Corp.'s bankruptcy has asked the judge to appoint an examiner to look into a proposed equity deal with hedge fund Silver Point Finance LLC.