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Anthem
12-26-2008, 01:07 PM
That's hilarious, in a terrible sort of way. Shows how crazy our copyright system is.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/25/business/media/25fox.html?_r=1


LOS ANGELES — In a surprise ruling, a federal judge in Los Angeles said he intended to grant 20th Century Fox’s claim that it owns a copyright interest in the “Watchmen,” a movie shot by Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures and set for release in March.

The decision was disclosed in a five-page written order issued on Wednesday. Gary A. Feess, a judge in the United States District Court for Central California, said he would provide a more detailed order soon.

Fox has been seeking to prevent Warner from releasing the film. The superhero adventure, based on the “Watchmen” graphic novel, is being directed by Zack Snyder (who also directed “300”) and has shaped up as one of most eagerly anticipated releases for next year.

duke dynamite
12-26-2008, 01:15 PM
lol

Hicks
12-26-2008, 02:16 PM
Does this mean it's not coming out?

Los Angeles
12-26-2008, 02:31 PM
Does this mean it's not coming out?

No, it just means that the money gets shuffled around. This is been a shakedown from the beginning. Fox got lucky by landing arguably the most unpredictable loose cannon of a judge this side of the Mississippi. Delaying the release hurts everyone. Fox is just looking for a payout.

Mourning
12-26-2008, 02:40 PM
Yup! Fox clearly just wants a piece of the $$$ pie here.

Major Cold
12-26-2008, 04:17 PM
Fox sucks.

Shade
12-27-2008, 12:33 PM
No, it just means that the money gets shuffled around. This is been a shakedown from the beginning. Fox got lucky by landing arguably the most unpredictable loose cannon of a judge this side of the Mississippi. Delaying the release hurts everyone. Fox is just looking for a payout.

Yup. Fox had next to no interest in this film until it dawned on them that it was going to be a huge cash-cow. This is about as obvious a cash-grab as it gets.