Face-Off on Stocks: Disney, Viacom, Time Warner

It's award season in Hollywood, with the Oscars just weeks away. But stocks are forward-looking, so investors are already keying on summer blockbuster season. And a bigger-than-expected summer hit or two can indeed provide a catalyst for media and entertainment company shares.

MTV's Racy Skins Is Just a Symptom of Teen Troubles

MTV's controversial new teen drama Skins won't set any of its young viewers on the road to ruin, and it isn't pornographic. It is in bad taste, and MTV must have known would offend some audiences. Still, with 3.26 million viewers for its debut, Viacom is getting exactly what it wanted from the show -- publicity and viewers.

Oracle's Patent War with Google Could Backfire

A few months ago, Oracle rocked the internet world by suing Google for patent infringement based on the Android system's use of Java. Now, Google has laid out its defenses against the Oracle suit, and its countersuit might well invalidate Oracle's Java patents altogether.

'Jersey Shore' Helps Lift Viacom Earnings

It%u2019s official: Snooki is good for business. Viacom Inc (VIA) reported healthy earnings for the quarter ended Sept. 30 thanks in part to a strong showing from its cable networks.

Viacom Sued by 'Dora the Explorer' Actress

Viacom is being sued by 14-year-old Caitlin Sanchez, who provided the voice for the lead role on Dora the Explorer, the wildly popular children's show on Nickelodeon. Sanchez's lawyer says the company owes her millions.

Viacom's MTV Has Record Ratings Jump for Younger Audience

MTV's third-quarter ratings had its largest-ever year-over-year jump for its target 12-to-34-year-old audience, reflecting strong ratings from the Viacom Inc. unit for shows such as "Jersey Shore" and "The 2010 MTV Video Music Awards."

Why Blockbuster Went Bust While Netflix Flourished

It's easy to blame Blockbuster's collapse, which culminated Thursday in a voluntary Chapter 11 filing, on the rise of streaming Internet video and kiosk rental options. But Netflix faced the same threats and it's thriving. So what did Netflix do smarter than its bankrupt rival?

Making Money While Doing Good? Tips for Idealists

This week's Social Good Summit in New York was like a speed-dating event for cause marketers, do-gooders and those interested in their efforts. But speakers at the event, sponsored by Mashable and 92Y, also offered some practical tips for doing good, particularly by using social media.

Google's YouTube Wins Another Copyright Case

A Spanish court side with YouTube, saying it was the copyright holder's responsibility, in this case Telecinco, to notify YouTube whenever it noticed its copyrighted broadcast video had been uploaded to YouTube.

Park Service: No Approval Yet for Jon Stewart's Rally

The National Park Service has not yet issued a permit for the Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert's "Rally to Restore Sanity" and cannot guarantee the rally will be approved, NPS spokesman Bill Line told DailyFinance Tuesday. But barring any untoward developments, it sure looks likely.

Comics Stewart and Colbert Take On the Tea Party

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have announced a rally designed to combat "extremism" on October 30th at the National Mall. Will it be a comedy show or a political rally? One expert is sympathetic to the call to reject extremism but doubts whether the comedic duo's act will translate from cable TV to a political rally.

Google Eyeing Pay-Per-View Movies on YouTube?

Google is talking to Hollywood studios about a pay-per-view video service based on YouTube, according to a new report. The move comes as Google girds for battle with Apple, and telecom and media companies jostle for control over the next generation of high-speed content delivery.

Is the Web Dead? No.
But It's at Risk

Wired magazine has just declared the demise of the wild, open web, eclipsed by discrete apps and walled gardens -- all controlled by powerful corporations like Apple. Here's how this dire vision dovetails with the Google-Verizon net neutrality deal.

Viacom Appeals 'Flawed' $1 Billion YouTube Verdict

Media giant Viacom has appealed a judge's ruling that threw out its $1 billion lawsuit against Google-owned YouTube for copyright infringement. Viacom called the decision, which said YouTube was protected by the "fair use" doctrine, "fundamentally flawed." This battle is far from over.

Sumner Redstone Really Should Know Better

Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone had deeply embarrassed himself and his company by trying to get a journalist to reveal his anonymous sources. Said Redstone in a voicemail to the journalist: "You will be well rewarded and well protected."

Sumner Redstone on Warpath Over Girl Band and The Daily Beast

Sumner Redstone, the billionaire chairman of Viacom and CBS, is on the warpath over a story in The Daily Beast. The story, written by Peter Lauria, said that Redstone, 87, was forcing MTV to take a documentary about girl band the Electric Barbarellas seeking a record deal. The story cited anonymous sources as saying that Redstone was smitten with the band, and was insisting that MTV take the "unwatchable" documentary.

Steve Jobs Looms Over the Sun Valley Confab

He's on the guest list, but Apple's CEO may not show at this year's Allen & Co. Sun Valley media mogul camp. But his impact will felt throughout it as the media execs confront a digital landscape on the brink of a mobile gold rush.

Disney M&A Magic Will Be Good News for Tapulous

Disney buys Tapulous, a scrappy start-up that found success with its Tap Tap App for Apple's iPhone. With the acquisition, Disney gets a team that knows the mobile market and could help the company become a great source of content.

Legal Briefing: BP-Anadarko Fight Stays Out of Court

BP and Anadarko will battle over whether the former was grossly negligent in the Deepwater Horizon project before an arbitration panel, not a court. This means the fight won't help oil-spill plaintiffs. Plus, Viacom vs. YouTube and dangerously industry-friendly regulators.

Viacom to Appeal Defeat in
$1 Billion Google Lawsuit

Viacom has vowed to appeal after a federal judge threw out its $1 billion lawsuit against Google-owned YouTube. In his landmark decision, Judge Louis L. Stanton said YouTube is covered by the "safe harbor" protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Biz Brief: 'The Karate Kid' Wins Battle of the 80s in the Theaters

In what was dubbed the battle of the 1980s, The Karate Kid beat The A-Team. Sony's (SNE) remake of the 1984 film, opened as the top-grossing movie in U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend with ticket sales of $56 million. New Corp's (NWSA) Fox Film studio The A-Team, which is based on a 1980s television series, came in a distant second, grossing $26 million.

Sumner Redstone: I'll 'Never Sell Viacom or CBS'

If there was any doubt that Sumner Redstone regards both CBS and Viacom as personal properties, he dispelled it Wednesday when he told CBS stockholders, "I will never, never sell Viacom or CBS."

Was Times Square Bomb a Warning to South Park's Creators?

The location of an unexploded car bomb discovered on Saturday night has many observers speculating that the thwarted bombing attempt may be connected to censored episodes of 'South Park' and the angry, threatening response they prompted from some Islamic organizations.