Tarantino: Update

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Gawker has responded to the Tarantino Lawsuit claiming copyright infringement.

If you recall, QT’s script “The Hateful Eight” was leaked and QT threw a fit. He claimed that he will forego the project and instead just publish the script in a manuscript format.

For those of you who are interested in the legalities of Gawker’s defense, a motion to dismiss asserts that Gawker, the defendant in the suit, is not subject to the personal jurisdiction of the CA courts.

For more on the case: http://hosdi.eu/1hzmXFH

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Nicki Gets Slammed by Malcolm X Estate

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Nicki’s new single album cover depicts Malcolm X holding a rifle. The estate of the late civil rights movement leader weren’t to happy about the use of the image?

Read the whole story here: http://hosdi.eu/1hqqZjD

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Tarantino Suing Gawker; Hateful Eight

Tarantino is suing Gawker.

In a complaint filed by Tarantino’s people over at Lavely & Singer, Gawker has crossed the line in helping to facilitate the distribution of Tarantino’s latest screenplay, Hateful Eight.

Tarantino was scheduled to begin shooting the film in 2014, but has recently decided to publish the story in book form rather than to direct. This decision was made when the screenplay was leaked after having been sent to only a handful of thesps, whom Tarantino was interested in having cast in the feature film.

For an in-depth read, check out the story in THR

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Robinson Crusoe; Public Domain; Protectable Elements

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Claude Robinson is $4MM richer, thanks to the high court in Canada.

The short of the story is that Claude pitched an animated educational children show that contained elements of the “Robinson Crusoe” story, which was originally published in 1719.

The production companies who received the pitch later produced a show that, according to the Canadian courts, was substantially similar and contained elements that warranted protection despite Claude’s project having been based on a property that is based on a property that is within the public domain.

For a further explanation, see the full article HERE.

Vimeo Lawsuit; Headed to Appellate Court

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For all those Vimeo users, here is an article about a copyright lawsuit currently being litigated by Vimeo and Record Companies.

*Does this remind anyone of the Record Company v. YouTube lawsuit?

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A copyright infringement lawsuit against Vimeo, owned by Barry Diller’s IAC, has taken another step forward after a federal judge in New York issued a new ruling on Tuesday…

For more, read here.

2014 Kickoff; Hollywood’s Top Cop

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2013 will forever be remembered as a year when Hollywood earned two meaningful judgements in the efforts to protect the industry against piracy. Now, in 2014, Hollywood’s to cop, Steve Frabizio faces more challenges, and bigger enemies.

To see the article, click HERE!

HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM HDPC!

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Music Biz: How to Make Money

If you write songs, and your songs are sold, downloaded, streamed or used in many other ways, they’re generating songwriter royalties for you.  Awesome, right?

Nowadays, the types of songwriter royalties earned fall into two buckets: Physical/Analog Songwriter Royalties (generated from old school music industry), and Digital Songwriter Royalties (generated from the modern digital music industry). With all of the different ways your compositions can be used in both industry models, there’s a good chance your songs are generating money you’re not even aware of, which means you’re missing out on collecting your money, and that ain’t cool. So, to make sure that stops now, we’ve outlined 13 ways that your songs make you money.

This comes from an interesting article on how to make money in the music business.

Check it out here.

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