What happens when a Broadway critical debacle veers into television satire and spins out yet another pop culture jibe at the law and lawyers? “Saturday Night Live” has just aired its parody of a New York-based law firm specializing in settlements for folks injured through “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.” Click here for a legal diversion from NBC.
Even as one California District court recently dismissed a case against Matthew Crippen, in which the prosecution asserted that he had modified the optical drive of an Xbox to circumvent the manufacturer’s anti-piracy measures, another court in the Golden State is scheduled to hear another much-watched case about game-console “modding.” What’s going on?
In ‘Oh, Really?’ the Biederman Blog’s editors — voracious consumers of all matters pop culture — cast a curious, skeptical, fun and smart end-of-the-week eye on popular productions, sharing their keen observations about legal matters these raise.
“The Other Guys” is a buddy- and cop-comedy about two guys, Allen Gamble (Will Ferrell) and Terry Holtz (Mark Wahlberg), who step up to the plate to become New York City heroes.
But legal observers who see “The Other Guys” know this film carries penal code violations and legal issues every few seconds. Here are just some: (more…)
Sony’s The Green Hornet was one of the most pirated films last month according to TorrentFreak, a popular blog dedicated to reporting the latest news on the BitTorrent protocol and file sharing. The King’s Speech, distributed by The Weinstein Company, currently boasting 12 Oscar nominations, followed closely as Torrent users surged towards other films nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards such as Megamind and The Social Network. See Top 10 Most Pirated Films on BitTorrent.
NBC executives, who expect to air the 69th Golden Globes broadcast in January, 2012, may be holding their breath in anxiety as the legal battles escalate over the popular program, which just weeks ago presented its latest round of entertainment accolades. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, owner of the Globes, sued Dick Clark Productions in November in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Is artistic turn-about legal fair play?
Lovely-Faces.com is a faux dating website that contains profiles using pictures, names and locations “scraped” from Facebook.
The website takes pictures of people off Facebook, without obtaining consent, and through a face algorithm approach, puts them into categories of “smug, sly, easy-going” and “funny.”
Paolo Cirio and Alessandro Ludovic, who describe themselves as a media artist and media critic, respectively, say they created the site to reveal the pitfalls and controversy of social networking, mainly the issues of people sharing personal information through social media. The creator’s write about their theory of Facebook.
A 54-year-old Massachusetts man “married” a 13-year-old Michigan girl in the online game RuneScape.
While there are no laws governing matrimony in the virtual world, real world consequences can follow for those who commit concrete acts: Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against the grownup groom gamer, asserting he met several times with his cyber bride to consummate their relationship in person.
In the latest round of the legal controversy surrounding George Hotz and his `jail-breaking’ of Sony’s Playstation 3, Sony is attempting to have the case go to trial in California.
This case is important because it deals with acts that are alleged to have occurred in the virtual world; the key issue now at hand is where the trial in the real world should occur.