IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update For Motion Picture Studios And Television Networks - July 27, 2011


In This Issue:

Table of Contents:

•Alexander v. Murdoch

•Disney Enterprises, Inc., et al. v. Hotfile Corp., et al.

•Ousley v. Krasnow

Alexander v. Murdoch, USDC S.D. New York, July 14, 2011

•District court grants dismissal of copyright infringement claim against creators and producers of Modern Family, finding that no reasonable jury could find substantial similarity between plaintiff’s pilot Loony Ben and ABC’s Modern Family.

Disney Enterprises, Inc., et al. v. Hotfile Corp., et al., USDC S.D. Florida, July 8, 2011

•District court dismisses plaintiff motion picture companies’ claim for direct copyright infringement against defendant file-sharing site and its operator on defendants’ motion to dismiss, but allows plaintiffs’ claim for secondary infringement to stand against both corporate and individual defendants.

Ousley v. Krasnow, California Court of Appeal, July 19, 20112011 (NOT TO BE PUBLISHED IN OFFICIAL REPORTS)

•Court of appeals affirms summary judgment in favor of defendant on plaintiff's breach of implied contact and breach of confidence claims, finding no evidence to support the inference that plaintiff's disclosure to defendant of concept for a television Bingo show was made based on a mutual understanding with defendant that the concept was confidential or that its disclosure was predicated on a promise to pay for any subsequent use.

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