Which entertainers are getting away with more in court?
On the heels of another legal setback for the entertainment industry, it appears that the entertainment news community is beginning to take notice of the way in which the entertainment system is operating.
On Thursday, Judge Andrew Napolitano made a ruling that would put an end to one of the longest standing lawsuits in the entertainment business.
According to The New York Times, the case is called Universal City’s “Universal Century,” and the plaintiffs are the Walt Disney Company, Disney-ABC Studios, Paramount Pictures, Paramount Motion Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros. and Warner Bros., along with many others.
Napolitano ruled that the defendants cannot file a lawsuit against the plaintiffs for allegedly using “unfair and/or deceptive acts, practices and/austerities” to “gain unauthorized access” to Disney property.
This is the first time that a judge has ruled that any of the defendants have to pay damages for any alleged violations of copyright law.
“The defendants failed to provide substantial notice to the plaintiffs of the nature and scope of their copyright infringement claims, failed to adequately respond to their legitimate copyright infringement concerns, and failed to promptly file a motion for a preliminary injunction, as required by law,” Napolitana wrote in his ruling.
“The defendants also failed to properly consider the effect of their acts upon the content and the public interest in the plaintiffs’ activities.”
The ruling came on the heels.
Earlier this month, a judge in California, in a case called Universal Century, also ruled that plaintiffs have to provide adequate notice of their claims, and that the case should be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
While the plaintiffs in this case have filed several lawsuits over copyright, it has not been a particularly high-profile one.
There have been some notable cases that have come to light in the past year, such as the Sony/ATV litigation that resulted in a $2.8 billion settlement.
Napolitann said that Universal Century will continue to make the same arguments that were made in the Sony case, and will be able to convince the court to throw out the case.