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article imageAMPAS to hold copyright event; launches lawsuit, too

By Tim O'Brien     Mar 13, 2012 in Business
On the heels of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences lawsuit of an Illinois-based company, they have announced an event involving copyright issues.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "AMPAS' suit against and its president, Robert Hollingsworth, was filed March 9 in U.S. District Court in Atlanta. The Academy alleges that Hollingsworth has continued to market, sell and rent eight-foot statuettes from a warehouse outside of Atlanta after AMPAS notified him of the allegedly unlawful uses in a March 2011 letter." Though the statuettes are not identical, they are very close. is housed in Edwardsville, Ill.
The upcoming event will feature Academy Film Scholar Peter Decherney. He is the author of "Hollywood’s Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet." They even will present highlights from his upcoming book, which will be released in April.
The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
Decherney will frame the current debate about technology and intellectual property in historical and political terms. It will also highlight discussions ranging from such issues as piracy, plagiarism and Hollywood’s love-hate relationship with fair use. With the last one it will focus on how the industry has responded to its intellectual property issues through self-regulation, in which the recent lawsuit is related.
The Hollywood reporter noted that The Academy has a copyright on the Oscar figure and does not permit or license any manufacture, reproduction, distribution, sale, rental or use of the statuette by companies. website has this statement on it. They say they are "A new Event Supercenter concept for Tent, Party, Wedding & Event Rental."
They do run a disclaimer on their site as well. It reads: TELLY AWARD ©™ is not equivalent to any product of AMPAS ©®, Academy Awards ©®, Decade Awards ©®, Emmy Awards ©®, Grammy Awards ©®, Golden Globe Awards ©®, Hollywood Awards ©®, Oscars ©®, Peoples Choice Awards ©®, SAG Awards ©®, Screen Actors Guild Awards©® and Tony Awards ©®. AMPAS has issued notice Oscar rental not allowed. (TEL) does not rent Oscar or rent Academy Award copyright items. Trademarks are owned by their registrants, are not licensed by TEL and are not generic terms for awards statue.
Meanwhile, back the event Monday. Named an Academy Film Scholar in 2009, Decherney is associate professor of cinema studies, English and communication at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of "Hollywood and the Culture Elite: How the Movies Became American" in 2005 and many articles on the film industry.
Admission to the Academy Film Scholars presentation is free, but tickets are required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Linwood Dunn Theater is located at 1313 Vine Street in Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 247-3600. Once again, "Hollywood’s Copyright Wars" will be released in April; advance copies will be available at the event.
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