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Netflix Seeks Cancellation of “Choose Your Own Adventure” Trademark in ‘Bandersnatch’ Dispute

In an answer filed Tuesday, the streamer admits it did seek a license from Chooseco for a potential project but denies those negotiations had anything to do with Bandersnatch. Netflix also asserted a variety of affirmative defenses, including that Chooseco failed to state a claim, that its use is protected by the First Amendment and fair use, that there’s no likelihood of confusion and that the claims are barred by the doctrine of genericide. – Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2VGPaDN [photo: Netflix]

Netflix to Defend Gay Jesus film in Brazil Supreme Court

In the complaint filed to the supreme court, Netflix’s lawyers argue that the judge’s decision amounts to censorship and has an impact “equivalent to that of the bomb used in the terrorist attack against the headquarters” of the comedy group. “It silences by means of fear and intimidation.” – Diane Jeantet, Associated Press via Fortune » https://bit.ly/2T4Gplw [photo: Netflix]

Judge orders Netflix to remove gay Jesus comedy special

Whether Netflix actually removes the special will depend on a higher court, but it’s not without precedent: Last year it pulled an episode of The Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that was critical of Saudi Arabia. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings defended the decision but inferred that if a government objected to LGBTQ content and wanted it removed, Netflix would not comply. – Audra Schroeder, The Daily Dot » https://ift.tt/36IJFHa [photo:Netflix]

Content Clashes and the Netflix Effect: Hollywood Lawyers Discuss the Decade Ahead

In my view, the most important litigation of the past decade has involved the application of the Copyright Act at the critical intersection of entertainment and technology. The long-running Viacom v. YouTube case, for example, helped shape the law around user-posted content, while the landmark Aereo and ReDigi cases grappled with how the law applied to new means of consuming content, revisiting decades-old provisions related to public performance, the first-sale doctrine and statutory licenses… – Eleanor Lackman, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp via Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter » http://thr.cm/BENVkn

Court backs Comcast, puts Maine’s à la carte cable law on hold

The companies did succeed, though, with their other First Amendment-based argument. In short, they made the case that the Maine law violated their rights because it applied narrowly, to traditional cable carriers (MVPDs) but not to alternative, Internet-based platforms—such as Dish Sling, Sony Vue, or YouTube TV—that also provide bundled content. – Kate Cox, Ars Technica » https://ift.tt/2MJN0hb

Judge Places Temporary Injunction on Maine’s à la Carte Cable Law

If the restriction order doesn’t go through, Maine will become the first state in the country to require à la carte cable selections. The à la carte cable law would most likely be enforced by individual towns and cities, because the cable companies have franchise agreements with municipalities, The Portland Press Herald reports. – Jason Gurwin, The Streamable » https://ift.tt/2Zj4mqa

Fox News Sued By Streaming Host Britt McHenry, Who Alleges Harassment

Britt McHenry, a host for Fox News’ Fox Nation streaming-video outlet, filed suit against the network and its corporate parent Tuesday, alleging she has been denied opportunities at the company after reporting claims she was harassed sexually by a former co-host, George Murdoch, who is also known as Tyrus. – Brian Steinberg, Variety » https://trib.al/HorOGAX [photo: Fox News]

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