Apple TV Updates - New Home Screen

Many an Apple consumer has had a rude awakening when they’ve discovered that their iTunes movie or TV purchases had suddenly disappeared. Owing to licensing issues or regional rights, Apple could delete previous purchases from a user’s library without warning. Naturally, this has earned Apple the ire of people who used their hard-earned money to “buy” these movies or shows, but Apple is insisting that it has not misled consumers on these “purchases.” However, they’re now facing a lawsuit over this very issue, and a federal judge is not looking at Apple favorably.

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predator lawsuit

Jim and John Thomas, the screenwriting duo who wrote the 1987 action movie Predator, want the rights to the franchise to get back to the choppa. The Thomas brothers are suing Disney to recapture the rights to the franchise, while Disney’s 20th Century Studios has filed its own suit to retain the rights to the sci-fi action series.

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amazon sued

Maybe material goods are just ways of filling the emptiness that eats away at our souls, but at least we can have the assurance that we do own the things that we bought. But that isn’t necessarily the case for digital movies purchased through Amazon Prime Video.

Because of confusing licensing laws that result in streaming services like Amazon, Netflix, and others having to take films off their platforms, users who “buy” movies on Amazon Prime video never really own those films. Even though the service bills those digital films as “Your Video Purchases,” these purchases are really just long-term rentals that can disappear from your library at any time. One California user has taken issue with the lack of transparency over Amazon video purchases, and has filed a lawsuit against Amazon.

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Disney Fox deal

Another wrench has been thrown in the ongoing saga of the Disney Fox deal. A month after 21st Century Fox had accepted the House of Mouse’s $71.3 billion bid to acquire its film studio and TV assets, an impending lawsuit from a Fox shareholder could bring proceedings to another halt.

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fear the walking dead lawsuit

AMC has been hit with yet another lawsuit over its massively popular The Walking Dead franchise. But this time, it’s the spin-off Fear the Walking Dead engaging in the legal battle.

Dead Ahead author Mel Smith has accused Fear the Walking Dead of copyright infringement after its season 2 arc tread too closely to his book’s premise of a zombie apocalypse at sea.

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the disaster artist lawsuit

A former student of James Franco is suing the director over The Disaster Artist, claiming that he was duped into selling his screenplay for the movie for just $5,500. The Disaster Artist lawsuit accuses Franco and his production company of failing to live up to their agreement with him as an uncredited writer.

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walking dead lawsuit

AMC may be the one soon to be gutted after the network was hit by two subsequent lawsuits by current and former The Walking Dead creatives.

The Walking Dead producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara, and David Alpert are suing the cable network over profits rights, alleging that AMC has perpetuated a profits scam by underpaying the studio and producers’ for the licensing fee. The potential damages for this case could reach $1 billion.

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Disney Zootopia Lawsuit - Judy Hopps and Nick Wilde (1)

Zootopia may have taken home the big awards at the Oscars in February, but a new lawsuit is threatening the big bucks that Disney’s animated hit took home at the box office.

Total Recall screenwriter Gary L. Goldman has accused The Walt Disney Company of ripping off the story of Zootopia from a treatment that Goldman had pitched to Disney executives in 2000 and 2009, right down to the character designs, theme, plot and title, according to the complaint filed by Goldman’s Esplanade Productions. But Disney is fighting back against the allegations.

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Earlier today, we dared to hope that Fox and Warner Brothers might settle their beef over Watchmen this afternoon. Now, The Hollywood Reporter claims that a settlement has been reached:

Warner Bros. and Fox have resolved their dispute over Watchmen, with the studios scheduled to present the settlement to Judge Gary Feess on Friday morning and request that the case be dismissed. Terms of the agreement will not be disclosed, but it is said to involve a sizable cash payment to Fox and a percentage of the film’s box office.

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