Showbiz Sandbox 242: Supreme Court Fumbles Aereo Ruling

July 1, 2014


Last week the United States Supreme Court ruled that the television streaming service Aereo violated copyright laws by using mini-antennas to deliver broadcast signals to paying subscribers. Denise Howell, an intellectual property lawyer and host of “This Week in Law”, outlines a decision that will have long term and wide-ranging effects for the entertainment and technology industries.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are attempting to alter their demographics by inviting younger, more ethnically diverse artists to join the ranks of those who nominate and vote for the Oscars each year. What’s truly remarkable is some of the legendary veterans who are just now receiving invites.

Meanwhile, as the publishing industry watches Hachette Book Group go to war with Amazon over the price of their books, the country of France is trying to protect its bookstores by passing a law meant to combat the online retailers influence.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the gigantic opening of “Transformers: Age of Extinction”, why this summer’s domestic box office is considered anemic and “Community” heads to Yahoo for its sixth season.


Denise Howell – Bag and Baggage

Eli Wallach Dies at 98; Actor Best Known for Two Classic Westerns

Bobby Womack Dies at 70; Soul Singer and Song Writer

Michael Brown, 93, Dies; Industrial Musicals Gave Wings to ‘Mockingbird’

Final Numbers Show ‘Transformers 4’ Debuting to $100M

China Box Office Surges 22 Percent to $2.16 Billion in First Half of 2014

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Rakes in $8.8M Thursday Night

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ China Launch Marred by Legal Fight

Shia LaBeouf Arrested at Broadway ‘Cabaret’ Performance

Summer Box Office Cooling Off Despite ‘Transformers 4′ Success

Where Are All the $100 Million-Plus Summer Openings? (Analysis)

‘Pacific Rim 2’ Gets Release Date

Award Rules Approved for 87th Oscars

Academy Invites 271 To Membership

French Parliament Passes “Anti-Amazon Law” for Online Book Sales

Barnes & Noble to Spin Off Nook Business

Perseus Books Group, 1996-2014

John Green, Penguin Random House Solidify Hold on Best-Seller List; ‘The Silkworm’ Absent

‘Community’ Returning for Sixth Season on Yahoo Screen

Fox Pulls Plug on Egyptian Drama ‘Hieroglyph’

Sex Abuse Case Against Garth Ancier Withdrawn

Garth Ancier Countersues Sex Abuse Accuser, Lawyers

Bryan Cranston’s ‘All the Way’ Breaks Broadway Box Office Record

Broadway Box Office Analysis, June 23-29

Ryan Seacrest’s New Deals: More Red Carpets, a Fourth Network Gig (Exclusive)

Andy Coulson Guilty Over Phone Hacking As Rebekah Brooks Walks Free

Rupert Murdoch: Scotland Yard Want Interview About Crime At His UK Papers

Diane Sawyer To Leave ABC’s ‘World News’ While Stephanopoulos, Muir Take Broader Anchor Roles

Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd to Leave ABC’s ‘The View’

Eric Clapton Says He May Stop Touring

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Want to Make Your Dreams Come True with ‘Project Greenlight’

Watch ESPN Down For USA vs. Germany Match: Fans React On Twitter

Aereo Loses at Supreme Court, in Victory for TV Broadcasters

Aereo Ruling: The Winners and Losers (Analysis)

Fox Moves to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service