$100M Disney Settlement Signals End of Animators' Anti-Poaching Fight

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Disney, Lucasfilm, Pixar and Two Pic MC have finally reached a deal with animators and VFX workers. Movies Movies THR Online Blue Sky Studios DreamWorks Animation Pixar The Walt Disney Company Walt Disney Animation Labor

'Monkey Selfie' Appellate Ruling Finds Animals Can't File Copyright Suits

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"We conclude that this monkey — and all animals, since they are not human — lacks statutory standing under the Copyright Act." read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

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Judge Certifies Class in Animators' Anti-Poaching Scheme Lawsuit

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Movies Movies THR Online DreamWorks Animation Pixar Walt Disney AnimationVFX workers claim Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks and others conspired to keep wages low by promising not to poach one another's employees. read more. THR, Esq.

Producer Sues Animal Logic Over 'Peter Rabbit,' 'Lego Movie' Sequels

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Jason Lust says Animal Logic Entertainment conned him into giving up his intellectual property, according to the lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online The LEGO Movie

DreamWorks Settles Animators' Antipoaching Suit for $50M

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Disney, Lucasfilm and Pixar remain in the fight. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

'Lego Movie' Sequels Animator Fires Back at Lawsuit

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Animal Logic Entertainment is countersuing producer Jason Lust for breach of contract and tortious interference. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

DreamWorks Animation Beats Securities Lawsuit Over 'Turbo'

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A judge fails to see enough facts supporting allegations that the studio knew of the fraudulent nature of earnings-call statements or acted with deliberate recklessness. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Disney and DreamWorks Animation Want Appeals Court to Stop Fight With 10,000 Animation Workers

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The studios make a big bid to pause a legal fight to get clarity on an issue that could impact the certifications of class actions. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Jury Sides With DreamWorks Animation in 'Kung Fu Panda' Case (Exclusive)

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Movies Movies DreamWorks Animation Kung Fu Panda Kung Fu Panda 2Matthew Belloni Writer Terence Dunn claimed the studio stole his pitch for a “spiritual kung-fu fighting panda bear.” read more. THR, Esq.

Hollywood Docket: Animation Anti-Poaching, Alleged Sexual Abuse on Cher Tour

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'Peter Rabbit' Animator Asks Court to Toss Producer's Claims

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"Only in Hollywood would someone who has received compensation and credit sue because no one asked him to do any actual work," states the filing. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Peter Rabbit

Sony and Blue Sky's $18.5M Settlement With Animators Gets Preliminary Court Approval

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Approximately 10,000 animation and visual effects workers could share the settlements. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Ringling Wins in Court, but Animal Groups Continue to Fight for the Elephants

JetLawBlog

On December 30, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion concluding a nearly 10-year battle between animal welfare organizations and Ringling Bros. Sullivan determined that the animal groups also lacked standing.

SAG, Studios Reach Agreement on Basic Cable and Animation

Digital Media Law

The deals are similar to the TV/theatrical agreement reached last week. Details: The Hollywood Reporter

Chang named general counsel at DreamWorks Animation

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Fernandez DreamWorks Animation has promoted Andrew Chang to general counsel. By Jay A. Chang has been with DreamWorks since 2002 and became head of litigation and technology law at DWA in 2004, when the company unveiled its IPO. Katherine Kendrick, Tags: Staffing

Is animal conservation always a good idea?

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Isn’t the point of natural selection to get rid of animals like this? Filed under: misc.

Welcome “Animal Rights” Nuts!

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I’m a big animal lover. I hate anyone who hurts animals for amusement. But, there is a wing of the animal rights movement that is populated by tinfoil hat shitheads. Stevens – Protecting Animals no Justification for First Amendment Amputation. They discovered this post: United States v. I welcome them as readers. [.].

DreamWorks Animation Beats Securities Lawsuit Over 'Turbo'

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Judge fails to seen enough facts supporting allegations that the studio knew of the fraudulent nature of earnings calls statements, or acted with deliberate recklessness. read more. The Business Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business

Same Picture Post-Election at the Animation Guild

Digital Media Law

Business representative Steve Hulett and most incumbents re-elected. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

PETA protects animals, but does it exploit filmmakers?

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By Eriq Gardner Exclusive Warning: This post contains scenes of animal brutality, women stripping, and ahem, claims of aggravated copyright infringement. Over the past few years, few organizations have created more hot viral videos on the web than the People.

Blue Sky Studios Pays $5.9M to Exit Animators' Suit

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Blue Sky doesn't admit wrongdoing, but writes class members a check in exchange for release from all claims in the lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

New Media, Mass Animation, HD Shorts

Thompson On Hollywood

This fascinating cooperative animation venture could yield many imitators. Tags: Shorts mass animation Shorts HD wiki Among the many new movie ventures going up online, this spiffy site displays HD shorts.

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DreamWorks Animation Wins Big 'Kung Fu Panda' Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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On the verge of a trial, artist Jayme Gordon suddenly withdraws the claim that his work was stolen to make the 2008 blockbuster. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Business Kung Fu Panda 3

PETA protects animals, but does it exploit filmmakers?

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Over the past few years, few organizations have created more hot viral videos on the web than the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. But where does PETA get these nasty images? One filmmaker is making it an issue. read more. The Business Movies Business THR exclusive

DreamWorks Animation's Victory in 'Kung Fu Panda' Case Affirmed

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Terence Dunn had claimed that the studio had breached an implied promise to pay him for sharing an idea over a spiritual panda bear. read more. Kung Fu Panda The Business Movies THR, Esq. Business

Hollywood Docket: Oscar 'extortion'; Animation investigation; Movie theater popcorn

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Entertainment law news this morning: Director James Toback has lobbed one heck of a charge against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over the omission of his film, "Tyson," from the Oscar shortlist of 15 documentary films. Toback.

Meet the Folks Suggesting Comcast Should Be Paying More for DreamWorks Animation

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Hint: They have J.D. degrees. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Grumpy Cat Gets Movie Deal: Wait, Do Animals Have Likeness Rights? (Analysis)

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Are famous Internet cats like Lassie? Godzilla? Kat Dennings? read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Business

New HBO 'Luck' Court Filing Claims Rampant Hollywood Animal Abuse

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An amended lawsuit comes with graphic pictures and allegations against ''Life of Pie,'' ''The Hobbit" and Steven Spielberg. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Television Business

Not all animal testing is cruel

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For example. Filed under: off topic.

Danish Reporter Runs Afoul Of Animal Abuse Laws

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She was convicted of animal cruelty. According to NPR, a Danish reporter fell afoul of the law when she tried to prove a point about toxic products by putting shampoo in water populated by guppies. But a judge let her

Hollywood Docket: 'Spider-Man' Drama Gets Animated (Video)

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Eriq Gardner Entertainment law news including Spain's anti-P2P law and Steve Martin's tweets from jury duty. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

Disney Files Trademark Lawsuit Over 'Frozen Land' Film

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Phase 4 is alleged to have changed the name of its film to "mimic" Disney''s animated hit. Frozen Walt Disney Animation Business read more. The Business Movies The Walt Disney Company THR Online THR, Esq.

'The King's Speech' Threatened With Legal Action Over 'No Animals Harmed' Claim (Exclusive)

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Eriq Gardner The American Humane Association is demanding The Weinstein Company remove the phrase from its credits because it was not given on-set access or copies of the script. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies The King's Speech

Hollywood Docket: Monty Python Trial; Shakira's Ex-Boyfriend; 'Animal Practice' Idea Theft?

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A roundup of entertainment law news including resolution of a trademark spat between the Coachella Music Festival and the makers of "Coach" luxury handbags. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Business

4 Movies That Every Rep Should (And My Intern Must) See

DealFatigue

See my post on the importance of regularly watching Animal Planet here to learn how animals (including humans) instinctively do this. Good repping is the art of persuading people to agree to your terms. Not all salesmen are lawyers but all good lawyers (and agents) are salesmen.

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others: Citizens Against Government Waste Opposes Internet Radio Fairness Act

Music Technology Policy

Have you seen the little piggies crawling in the dirt? Always have clean shirts to play around in… In their eyes there’s something lacking, what they need’s a damn good whacking… Piggies, by George Harrison. The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste–home of the ”Swineline”–announced its opposition to the so-called Internet Radio Fairness Act.

My Intern’s Reading (and Viewing) List Part I

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Here’s the first in a series of what was on last summer’s list in no particular order: Animal Planet. well, not everything) I know about the entertainment business I learned from watching Animal Planet. Every year, I take on at least one intern to work in my office.

Grass Roots Licensing Of Youtube Fare

DealFatigue

Like most user generated content, Charlie , a flash animated 2D short, was made on a shoestring and the production values reflect that. My kids turned me on to “Charlie The Unicorn&# shortly after it made its debut on youtube several years ago. Still, the work is smart, funny and quotable in the vein of Caddyshack and The Simpsons. Charlie has been viewed over 35 million times worldwide and spawned a sequel.

My Intern’s Reading (and Viewing) List Part I

DealFatigue

Here’s the first in a series of what was on last summer’s list in no particular order: Animal Planet. well, not everything) I know about the entertainment business I learned from watching Animal Planet. Every year, I take on at least one intern to work in my office.

My Intern’s Reading (and Viewing) List Part I

DealFatigue

Here’s the first in a series of what was on last summer’s list in no particular order: Animal Planet. well, not everything) I know about the entertainment business I learned from watching Animal Planet. Every year, I take on at least one intern to work in my office.

Grass Roots Licensing Of Youtube Fare

DealFatigue

Like most user generated content, Charlie , a flash animated 2D short, was made on a shoestring and the production values reflect that. My kids turned me on to “Charlie The Unicorn” shortly after it made its debut on youtube several years ago. Still, the work is smart, funny and quotable in the vein of Caddyshack and The Simpsons. Charlie has been viewed over 35 million times worldwide and spawned a sequel.

Grass Roots Licensing Of Youtube Fare

DealFatigue

Like most user generated content, Charlie , a flash animated 2D short, was made on a shoestring and the production values reflect that. My kids turned me on to “Charlie The Unicorn” shortly after it made its debut on youtube several years ago. Still, the work is smart, funny and quotable in the vein of Caddyshack and The Simpsons. Charlie has been viewed over 35 million times worldwide and spawned a sequel.