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December 28, 1988
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that the continued showing of the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Rear Window" by MCA Inc. may violate the copyright for the 1942 story on which the film was based. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the re-release of the 1954 thriller, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, without the consent of Sheldon Abend, the literary agent who bought the rights to the story in 1972, violates Abend's renewal copyrights.
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April 25, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a costly defeat for the producers of classic motion pictures, the Supreme Court said Tuesday that authors and songwriters whose original works were incorporated into old movies are entitled to profit from the re-release of those productions. The 6-3 decision means that the owners of hundreds of old films which have been re-issued for use in theaters, television or videocassettes may be forced to share millions in profits with the heirs of the original artists. The impact can be seen in the case before the court: For $650, Sheldon Abend, a self-described "literary speculator" in New York, bought the copyright in the 1970s for the short story "It Had to be Murder."
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April 25, 1990 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a costly defeat for the producers of classic motion pictures, the Supreme Court said Tuesday that authors and songwriters whose original works were incorporated into old movies are entitled to profit from the re-release of those productions. The 6-3 decision means that the owners of hundreds of old films which have been re-issued for use in theaters, television or videocassettes may be forced to share millions in profits with the heirs of the original artists. The impact can be seen in the case before the court: For $650, Sheldon Abend, a self-described "literary speculator" in New York, bought the copyright in the 1970s for the short story "It Had to be Murder."
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October 3, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, agreeing to hear an appeal from actor Jimmy Stewart, announced Monday it would settle a major copyright dispute that may threaten hundreds of classic motion pictures.
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October 3, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court, agreeing to hear an appeal from actor Jimmy Stewart, announced Monday it would settle a major copyright dispute that may threaten hundreds of classic motion pictures.
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April 24, 1990 | From Associated Press
The Supreme Court, in a ruling that could affect millions of dollars in movie industry profits, said today that distributors of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Rear Window" must share earnings from the film's re-release with a literary agent. The 6-3 ruling was a defeat for actor Jimmy Stewart and Hitchcock's heirs. Some film producers claimed it could limit availability of movie classics.
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August 3, 2001 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The vintage suspense mysteries of Cornell Woolrich, with their bravura plots and romantic fatalism, remain eminently readable, and "Phantom Lady" (1944) and "Deadline at Dawn" (1946) are durable entertainments. Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window" is based on a Woolrich short story, and Francois Truffaut filmed his "The Bride Wore Black" with Jeanne Moreau as a striking homage to Hitchcock.
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October 25, 2012
Peter Jackson wants movie theaters to be filled with the sounds of Middle-earth. New Zealand-based Park Road Post Production said Jackson's new J.R.R. Tolkien adaptation, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," will be mixed in Dolby Atmos, the state-of-the-art sound system that debuted earlier this year with Disney/Pixar's animated film "Brave. " Developed by San Francisco-based Dolby Laboratories, Dolby Atmos enables sound mixers to place sounds in any location of the movie theater to create a more naturalist and realistic atmosphere.
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September 28, 1997 | Bill Desowitz, Bill Desowitz is an occasional contributor to Calendar
First "Vertigo" was brought back from oblivion; now the ever-popular "Rear Window" is the latest Alfred Hitchcock classic starring Jimmy Stewart being saved from the ravages of time. To enhance its image quality, the restored version will be among the first films printed in Technicolor's new dye-transfer process (so far used only experimentally with a few prints of Warner Bros.' "Giant" reissue and "Batman & Robin").
NEWS
December 28, 1988
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled that the continued showing of the Alfred Hitchcock classic "Rear Window" by MCA Inc. may violate the copyright for the 1942 story on which the film was based. A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the re-release of the 1954 thriller, starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly, without the consent of Sheldon Abend, the literary agent who bought the rights to the story in 1972, violates Abend's renewal copyrights.
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