Showbiz Sandbox 242: Supreme Court Fumbles Aereo Ruling

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.

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Denise Howell – Bag and Baggage
http://www.bagandbaggage.com/

Eli Wallach Dies at 98; Actor Best Known for Two Classic Westerns
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-eli-wallach-20140625-story.html

Bobby Womack Dies at 70; Soul Singer and Song Writer
http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-bobby-womack-20140628-story.html

Michael Brown, 93, Dies; Industrial Musicals Gave Wings to ‘Mockingbird’
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/30/arts/music/michael-brown-whose-industrial-musicals-gave-wings-to-to-kill-a-mockingbird-dies-at-93.html

Final Numbers Show ‘Transformers 4’ Debuting to $100M
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-transformers-4-opens-715704

China Box Office Surges 22 Percent to $2.16 Billion in First Half of 2014
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/china-box-office-surges-22-715981

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ Rakes in $8.8M Thursday Night
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-transformers-age-extinction-715364

‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ China Launch Marred by Legal Fight
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/transformers-age-extinction-china-launch-714442

Shia LaBeouf Arrested at Broadway ‘Cabaret’ Performance
http://variety.com/2014/legit/news/shia-labeouf-handcuffed-escorted-out-of-broadway-cabaret-1201251983/

Summer Box Office Cooling Off Despite ‘Transformers 4′ Success
http://variety.com/2014/film/news/transformers-4-summer-box-office-cooling-off-1201254862/

Where Are All the $100 Million-Plus Summer Openings? (Analysis)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-are-all-100-715782

‘Pacific Rim 2’ Gets Release Date
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/pacific-rim-2-gets-release-715286

Award Rules Approved for 87th Oscars
http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2014/20140627a.html

Academy Invites 271 To Membership
http://www.oscars.org/press/pressreleases/2014/20140626.html

French Parliament Passes “Anti-Amazon Law” for Online Book Sales
http://frenchculture.org/books/news/french-parliament-enforces-anti-amazon-law-online-book-sales

Barnes & Noble to Spin Off Nook Business
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/barnes-noble-to-spin-off-nook-business/

Perseus Books Group, 1996-2014
http://publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/63133-perseus-books-group-1996-2014.html

John Green, Penguin Random House Solidify Hold on Best-Seller List; ‘The Silkworm’ Absent
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/john-green-penguin-random-house-solidify-hold-on-best-seller-list-the-silkworm-absent/

‘Community’ Returning for Sixth Season on Yahoo Screen
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/community-returning-sixth-season-yahoo-715857

Fox Pulls Plug on Egyptian Drama ‘Hieroglyph’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/fox-pulls-plug-hieroglyph-715938

Sex Abuse Case Against Garth Ancier Withdrawn
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/garth-ancier-sex-abuse-case-714961

Garth Ancier Countersues Sex Abuse Accuser, Lawyers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/garth-ancier-counters-sues-sex-715536

Bryan Cranston’s ‘All the Way’ Breaks Broadway Box Office Record
http://variety.com/2014/legit/news/broadway-box-office-bryan-cranston-in-all-the-way-sets-a-sales-record-again-1201255244/

Broadway Box Office Analysis, June 23-29
http://www.playbill.com/news/article/193034-Broadway-Box-Office-Analysis-June-23-29-Bryan-Cranston-Goes-All-The-Way-in-Final-Week-on-Broadway

Ryan Seacrest’s New Deals: More Red Carpets, a Fourth Network Gig (Exclusive)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ryan-seacrests-new-deals-more-714161

Andy Coulson Guilty Over Phone Hacking As Rebekah Brooks Walks Free
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jun/24/andy-coulson-rebekah-brooks-phone-hacking-trial

Rupert Murdoch: Scotland Yard Want Interview About Crime At His UK Papers
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/scotland-yard-interview-rupert-murdoch-714804

Diane Sawyer To Leave ABC’s ‘World News’ While Stephanopoulos, Muir Take Broader Anchor Roles
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/diane-sawyer-to-leave-abcs-world-news-while-stephanopoulos-muir-take-broader-anchor-roles-1201246255/

Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd to Leave ABC’s ‘The View’
http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/sherri-shepherd-leaving-the-view-1201251909/

Eric Clapton Says He May Stop Touring
http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/06/27/eric-clapton-says-he-may-stop-touring

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon Want to Make Your Dreams Come True with ‘Project Greenlight’
http://www.indiewire.com/article/televisionben-affleck-and-matt-damons-project-greenlight-returns-to-make-an-indie-filmmakers-dream-come-true-20140625

Watch ESPN Down For USA vs. Germany Match: Fans React On Twitter
http://www.ibtimes.com/watch-espn-down-usa-vs-germany-match-fans-react-twitter-1612786

Aereo Loses at Supreme Court, in Victory for TV Broadcasters
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/26/business/media/supreme-court-rules-against-aereo-in-broadcasters-challenge.html

Aereo Ruling: The Winners and Losers (Analysis)
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/aereo-analysis-scorecard-715312

Fox Moves to Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/jun/26/fox-aereo-ruling-against-dish-streaming