Charlie Sheen Judge Orders Additional Briefing

Thursday, 12 May, 2011

This case is interesting because of its potential precedent setting implication and the deep pockets (and interests) to take the case all the way. THR, “Charlie Sheen Judge Orders Additional Briefing Before Deciding If $100M Case Will Be Public or Private (Exclusive)

“In an order issued Wednesday and obtained by THR, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Allan Goodman requested additional briefing on several minor procedural and evidentiary issues. The move explains why Goodman has not yet ruled on whether to enforce an arbitration clause in Sheen’s contract with Warner Bros. even though oral arguments on the issue took place nearly three weeks ago.

Judge Goodman set a May 18 deadline for the additional court papers to be filed, so we’ll probably get a ruling near the end of the month.


Worth Reading: iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go in secret file, Terrorism alert less colourful, Sheen’s court, Filmmakers Opposing Premium VOD

Wednesday, 20 April, 2011

* Guardian, “iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go – Privacy fears raised as researchers reveal file on iPhone that stores location coordinates and timestamps of owner’s movements” Here is an excerpt (emphasis added),

“”Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you’ve been,” said Pete Warden, one of the researchers.

Only the iPhone records the user’s location in this way, say Warden and Alasdair Allan, the data scientists who discovered the file and are presenting their findings at the Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. “Alasdair has looked for similar tracking code in [Google’s] Android phones and couldn’t find any,” said Warden. “We haven’t come across any instances of other phone manufacturers doing this.

Simon Davies, director of the pressure group Privacy International, said: “This is a worrying discovery. Location is one of the most sensitive elements in anyone’s life – just think where people go in the evening. The existence of that data creates a real threat to privacy. The absence of notice to users or any control option can only stem from an ignorance about privacy at the design stage.” […]

The iPhone system, by contrast, appears to record the data whether or not the user agrees. Apple declined to comment on why the file is created or whether it can be disabled. Read the rest of this entry »


Worth Reading: Securing privacy, Showrunner DIY TV promos, Legal strategies in Charlie Sheen case, High noon in i4i-Microsoft fight

Monday, 18 April, 2011

* Guardian, Cory Doctorow: ‘The most powerful mechanism we have for securing the privacy of individuals is for them to care about that privacy’ – video – “Blogger, writer and activist Cory Doctorow on social networking, revolution and how to avoid haemorrhaging personal information online”

* The Hollywood Reporter, Q&A: ‘Cougar Town’ Boss Bill Lawrence Airs His Frustrations With Disney

THR: So what does work?

Lawrence: There are some shows like Modern Family or American Idol where lightening strikes. Otherwise, you have two options. First, you build word-of-mouth.

THR: And the second?

Lawrence: Keep your loyal fans interested by giving them as much access, content and interaction as possible. That’s what I like as a TV viewer. For me, every show that I’ve felt like, “Wow, they actually care what the fans think” or “they’re actually writing for somebody,” I’m more loyal to. On Scrubs, we gave our fans extra content and access to the cast and writers. And in return, we could count on them to find the show on a network that moved the show about 20 times. Read the rest of this entry »


JAMS Arbitrator Chosen to Handle Charlie Sheen Case

Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Former California Court of Appeals judge Hon. Richard Neal, a neutral arbitrator from JAMS, a private alternative dispute resolution (ADR) provider, has been selected to handle the Charlie Sheen Case. Worth a read, if nothing else to understand/recognize ADR may be a less costly way to handle dispute.

From Hollywood Reporter, “Arbitrator Chosen to Handle Charlie Sheen Case (Exclusive)

“Meet the man who could decide Charlie Sheen’s legal fate:

Hon. Richard Neal has been chosen as the neutral arbitrator overseeing the fight between Sheen, Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men co-creator Chuck Lorre over Sheen’s firing from the hit CBS show, multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter.

The parties to the arbitration were notified of the choice late last week by letter from JAMS, the dispute resolution company overseeing the private proceeding. Attorneys for Sheen, Warners and Lorre had submitted a “strike list” of possible JAMS neutrals, winnowing down the group of possible arbitrators to only a few before settling on Justice Neal.”



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