|Actor Ford’s divorce ‘not record’|
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|Ford and Mathison were married for 18 years|||
|A lawyer has said the reported 50m actor |||
|Harrison Ford will pay ex-wife Melissa Mathison |||
|is not the highest in Hollywood history. |||
|It follows weekend reports the 61-year-old actor|||
|will pay 50m, which includes shares in|||
|royalties earned from film made during their|||
|Mathison, 53, who wrote the script for ET, was |||
|married to Ford for 18 years and had two |||
|children with him.|||
|Ford has been dating actress Calista Flockhart |||
|for the last two years. |||
|Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade was also made|||
|during his marriage to Mathison, as was 2002’s |||
|K19: the Widowmaker, for which the actor was|||
|paid $25m (13.8m).|||
|Movies Ford made included The Fugitive and Air |||
|Force One. |||
|The reported divorce settlement is bigger than |||
|the reported 46m between Tom Cruise and Nicole |||
|Kidman in 2001, but it is not as large as the|||
|$100m settlement that Steven Spielberg had to|||
|give wife Amy Irving in 1989 when they divorced.|||
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|Harrison Ford starred in Indiana Jones and the |||
|Raiders of the Lost Ark |||
|Ford was granted his divorce earlier this month.|||
|Mathison has applied for custody of the couple’s|||
|two teenage children.|||
|”The unusual thing about this divorce is there |||
|wasn’t a pre-nuptial agreement. They were less |||
|common when they married, but they were still|||
|around,” said lawyer Lisa Fabian Lustigman.|||
|She said that most high-profile marriages in the|||
|US now would almost certainly have a pre-nuptial|||
|agreement. |||
|’Equal contribution’|||
|The settlement, Ms Fabian Lustigman also said, |||
|may also be so high because of the length of the|||
|marriage and the fact the couple had two |||
|children together.|||
|”From an English law point of view, had the case|||
|been decided over here, Ms Mathison’s|||
|contribution would be treated as equally |||
|important and weighty as his contribution as the|||
|breadwinner,” Ms Fabian Lustigman said.|||
|The actor was also previously married to Mary|||
|Marquardt for 15 years, divorcing her in 1979. |||
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|pic| CLOUDY ~ 32F|Wednesday, February 25, 2004|
Frivolous lawsuits
Wednesday, January 21, 2004
An Indiana man is threatening to sue his cable company because the man says
he’s addicted to television, his wife is overweight and his kids are lazy

And you thought it couldn’t get any sillier?
The man claims he canceled his cable service nearly four years ago but a
mix-up at the cable firm continued the television service free of charge.

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Despite efforts to hide his television set from his family, the wife found
the TV, reconnected the cable and continued to watch television for hours

As a result of the cable addiction, his wife gained 50 pounds, his kids
became addicted and the man increased his smoking while watching nonstop

How many more examples do you need before you recognize that we have gone
crazy over lawsuits in this nation? …

This potential lawsuit takes the cake. And should this crazy case actually
makes it way into the court system — which is doubtful — we should impose
penalties against those who clog the system with their twisted logic.

In some future generation perhaps we’ll return to the issue of personal

We’ll understand that bad decisions by individuals often bring bad results.

And we’ll learn not to point a finger of blame at someone for our own
personal choices. …

US music industry to sue individuals in drive against net piracy
David Teather in New York
Thursday June 26, 2003
The Guardian
The American recording industry yesterday threatened to take legal action
against individuals for illegal file sharing of music, opening a new front
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the war against online piracy.

The threat will send a chilling message that the industry is no longer
content with chasing file-sharing services such as Napster and Kazaa. The
first suits could take place as early as mid-August.

The move underlines how desperate the music industry has become to staunch
the flow of illegal downloads, which are beginning to devastate compact
disc sales. In 2000, the 10 top-selling albums in the US sold a total of
60m copies. In 2001 that dropped to 40m, and last year it was 34m.

Revenues for the industry in the US have dropped from $14.6bn (8.8bn) in
1999 to $12.6bn last year. Although some critics have blamed a dearth of
quality new music, the dramatic increase in people downloading music is
widely held as the chief cause.

The Recording Industry Association of America issued its warning with
support from a large coalition of artists including Peter Gabriel, Sheryl
Crow, Missy Elliot, the Dixie Chicks and Mary J Blige.

“Thievery is thievery,” said the singer Anastacia. “If you dig an artist
that much, then you should want to help keep that artist alive by
purchasing the actual recording.”
The RIAA suits will be confined to the US, but are likely to prompt similar
action in Europe. Cary Sherman, the RIAA’s president, said the music
industry had been trying to educate the public for years about the effects
of illegal downloading and had apparently failed.

“The law is clear and the message to those who are distributing substantial
quantities of music online should be equally clear – this activity is
illegal, you are not anonymous when you do it, and engaging in it can have
real consequences,” he said.

“Once we begin our evidence-gathering process, any individual computer user
who continues to offer music illegally to millions of others will run the
very real risk of facing legal action.”
The RIAA will gather evidence by scanning public directories to find people
offering music. It then intends to download the copyrighted files for use
as evidence and issue subpoenas against internet service providers to find
the individuals’ names and addresses.

The RIAA estimates that more than 2.6bn songs are illegally downloaded
every month and some 5m users are online, offering 800m files for copying
through peer-to-peer networks, at any one time.



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