WASHINGTON -- An entertainment industry coalition representing the major studios and the independent motion picture and television programming industry today filed an amicus brief in the case of Viacom v. YouTube. The brief filed by the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) and the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA) urges the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling that dismissed Viacom's lawsuit against YouTube.

"The decision of the lower court, if not overturned, will allow businesses to profit by inviting massive amounts of online copyright theft and avoid liability simply by turning a blind eye to the direct, illegal effects of their business models," said Daniel Mandil, General Counsel and Chief Content Protection Officer of the MPAA. "We are confident that the Court of Appeals will recognize that the lower court's decision was entirely inconsistent with the Supreme Court's unanimous decision in Grokster and with the plain language of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The MPAA is committed to protecting the jobs of the 2.4 million Americans in all 50 states who depend on the entertainment industry for their livelihoods. We do so in Congress, in the State Houses, in cooperation with law enforcement agencies and, as we are doing today, in the courts."

"Cooperation between service providers and rights holders in the fight against online infringement is critical to the development of meaningful, legitimate business models in the digital arena," said IFTA President-CEO Jean Prewitt. "If allowed to stand, the lower court decision will curtail drastically the service providers' responsibilities and incentives to participate meaningfully in the effort to build the legal marketplace and this is of serious concern to IFTA, its members and the entire independent film and television community. We join others in the industry in urging the Second Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the lower court's decision."

The full text of the amicus brief is available at http://www.mpaa.org//Resources/38c069c2-6da1-49c6-966b-f44e0b14447a.pdf

 

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GLENDALE, Calif. -- DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) today announced that it will bring Me and My Shadow, an original project, to the big screen in March of 2013. The studio will pioneer a groundbreaking combination of both CG and traditional animation techniques, which will be used seamlessly together throughout this 3D feature film.

Mark Dindal (Chicken Little, The Emperor's New Groove) is the film's Director and Melissa Cobb (Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda 2) and Teresa Cheng (Shrek Forever After, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron) are serving as Producers. Shane Prigmore (Coraline, Lord of the Rings) is Head of Story and Scott Wills (Monsters vs. Aliens, Ren & Stimpy) and Raymond Zibach (Kung Fu Panda, The Road to El Dorado) are Production Designers. Nick Fletcher (Shrek Forever After, The Prince of Egypt) is serving as Editor. The screenplay for Me and My Shadow, which was originally penned by both Steve Bencich and Ron Friedman (Chicken Little, Open Season), is currently being revised by writing team Tom Astle and Matt Ember (Get Smart).

"We are proud to have assembled a world-class creative team of filmmakers and artists - all of whom have vast experience on both computer generated and traditionally animated films - who is already well along in the production of Me and My Shadow," said Bill Damaschke, Co-President of Production for DreamWorks Animation. "Together, we are embarking on an exciting goal to break new creative ground at DreamWorks Animation by combining the time-honored tradition of hand drawn animation with the magical sophistication of CG characters and worlds in ways that have never been experienced by audiences before."

Me and My Shadow tells the story of Shadow Stan, an extremely frustrated shadow who yearns for a dynamic life but happens to be stuck with Stanley Grubb, the world's most boring human. Finally pushed to the brink, Shadow Stan breaks the singular rule of the Shadow World ("They lead, we follow"), and takes control of Stanley!

 

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predictions1210.pngThe Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader: 3,555 (NEW)
The Tourist: 2,756 (NEW)
The Fighter: 5 (NEW)
The Tempest: 4 (NEW)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I: 3,577 (-548)
Tangled: 3,565 (-38)
Unstoppable: 2,967 (-185)
Burlesque: 2,876 (-161)
Megamind: 2,425 (-748)
Love and Other Drugs: 2,240 (-218)
Faster: 2,106 (-364)
Due Date: 1,990 (-460)
The Warrior's Way: 1,622 (+0)
The Next Three Days: 1,426 (-810)
Morning Glory: 1,004 (-1,259)

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) today issued the following statement in response to the decision by the Supreme Court of the State of New York to deny the preliminary injunction sought by the Icahn Group regarding the Company's deleveraging transaction on July 20, 2010:

Lionsgate is pleased that the Supreme Court of the State of New York has denied the Icahn Group's motion for a preliminary injunction regarding the Company's deleveraging transaction. The Company believes that the transaction, which resulted in the reduction of Lionsgate's debt by approximately $100 million, supported the best interests of the Company and its shareholders.

Lionsgate noted that, as a result of the decision, Dr. Rachesky will be permitted to vote all of his shares at the Company's 2010 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.

The Lionsgate Board of Directors encourages all shareholders to vote FOR the Company's highly-qualified director nominees on the BLUE proxy card today and to discard any proxy materials shareholders may receive from the Icahn Group. Since time is short, please vote the BLUE proxy card by phone or internet.

Lionsgate's 2010 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. PT in Los Angeles, California. Lionsgate shareholders of record as of 5:00 p.m. ET on November 12, 2010 will be entitled to vote at the Meeting.

 

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