IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - February 8, 2012

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Thayil v. Fox Broadcasting, USDC S.D. New York, February 2, 2012

  • District court dismisses plaintiff’s complaint accusing producers of American Idol and other reality competition shows of stealing his ideas and infringing his copyrights, holding that the allegedly stolen elements were not copyrightable, and that plaintiff’s conclusory allegations did not suffice to state a claim.

Corbello v. DeVito, USDC District of Nevada, January 31, 2012

  • District court grants summary judgment in favor of defendants, writers and producers of the Broadway musical Jersey Boys, in copyright infringement action brought by widow of author of biography upon which musical was based, holding that defendants had valid licenses and sub-licenses to exploit the biography.

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