Showbiz Sandbox 153: Hollywood Loses Another Battle In The Copyright War

July 10, 2012

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Fearing that it would restrict freedom of speech, basic civil rights and an open Internet, the European Parliament voted down the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) last week. The move effectively kills the international anti-piracy legislation that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) have lobbied so hard for. We explain what ACTA’s defeat means for Hollywood and what anti-piracy measures you may be hearing about next.

It’s hard to believe piracy is affecting the entertainment industry. Music sales, which have been in a slow decline over the past decade, are actually up this year thanks to digital sales. Movie box office is also up with studios such as Disney having already earned $1 billion in North America alone.

Billion was also a number subscription movie service Netflix has been using a lot lately. Their customers watched more than a billion hours of content in June. That’s not only a new record for the company, but it would make them more popular than any U.S. cable network.

We also cover the week’s top entertainment headlines including Hollywood’s highest-paid actor, Charlie Sheen’s slipping ratings and why we won’t be seeing “Raging Bull 2” anytime soon.

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Foreign Box Office: ‘Spider-Man’ Third Best Launch of 2012; ‘Ice Age 4’ Melts To No. 2
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/foreign-box-office-amazing-spider-man-ted-seth-macfarlane-ice-age-continental-drift-346371

‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Weaves Biggest India Opening For A Hollywood Release
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amazing-spider-man-india-opening-record-344522

Disney Passing $1B Domestic Box Office
http://www.deadline.com/2012/07/disney-passing-1b-domestic-box-office/

Ernest Borgnine Dies At 95; Won Oscar For ‘Marty,’ Showed Comic Side In Sitcom
http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-ernest-borgnine-20120709,0,4672694.story

Netflix Just Became Cable’s Biggest TV Network
http://gigaom.com/video/netflix-june-one-billion-hours/

What’s The Deal With Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’?
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/05/whats-the-deal-with-jerry-seinfelds-comedians-in-cars-getting-coffee/

SoundScan Mid-Year Report Shows Album Sales Down 3.2%, Digital Sales Up 13.8%
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/07/soundscan-mid-year-report-shows-cd-album-sales-down-32-digital-sales-up-138.html

Linkin Park Squeaks By Maroon 5, Hits No. 1 on Billboard 200
http://www.billboard.com/news/linkin-park-squeaks-by-maroon-5-hits-no-1007496162.story#/news/linkin-park-squeaks-by-maroon-5-hits-no-1007496162.story

‘Anger Management’ Loses 40 Percent of Viewers in Second Week
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/anger-management-ratings-charlie-sheen-90-episode-renewal-346049

Tom Cruise Tops Annual List of Highest-Paid Actors
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/tom-cruise-salary-katie-holmes-divorce-scientology-345587

Tor to Publish New John Scalzi Novel as E-book Serial First
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/content-and-e-books/article/52900-tor-to-publish-new-john-scalzi-novel-as-e-book-serial-first.html

Seth Meyers Could Be The Next
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/tv/showtracker/la-et-st-kelly-ripa-seth-meyers-20120707,0,7744515.story

Controversial Princess Diana Documentary ‘Unlawful Killing’ Is Shelved
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/princess-diana-controversial-documentary-unlawful-killing-346214

CBS, ‘Happy Days’ Cast Settle Royalties Lawsuit
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/cbs-happy-days-cast-settle-lawsuit-346210

MGM Files ‘Raging Bull 2′ Lawsuit Against Jake LaMotta & Sequel Producers
http://www.deadline.com/2012/07/mgm-files-raging-bull-2-lawsuit-against-jake-lamotta-sequel-producers/

Crowdfunded Album Leaps Onto The Charts, Sells More Than Rihanna And Coldplay
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120702/03531619550/crowdfunded-album-leaps-onto-charts-sells-more-than-rihanna-coldplay.shtml

Baseball’s Long Hot Summer
http://www.adweek.com/news/television/baseballs-long-hot-summer-141725

Beats Electronics Acquires Mog
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital-and-mobile/beats-by-dre-acquires-mog-report-1007476752.story

Europe Rejects ACTA Anti-Piracy Agreement: What It Means For Hollywood
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/europe-rejects-acta-anti-piracy-345033

MPAA/RIAA Lose Big As US Backs Copyright “Limitations”
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/07/op-ed-eus-rejection-of-acta-subtly-changed-trade-law-landscape/

Louis C.K. Addresses Ticket Scalpers: ‘It’s A Tremendous Risk’
http://www.laughspin.com/2012/07/03/louis-c-k-addresses-ticket-scalpers-its-a-tremendous-risk-exclusive/

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