Hollywood Reporter Parent Company Settles With PMC in Copyright Suit

Prometheus Media pays $162K, admits to copying source code from PMC's TVLine.com

Hollywood Reporter Parent Company Settles With

Penske Media Corporation has settled a copyright infringement suit against the Hollywood Reporter, resolving a dispute over the source code used by THR’s website.

PMC, the parent company of Variety, said in its suit that the Reporter stole code from TVLine.com, another Penske property.

In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, THR parent Prometheus Media agreed to pay PMC $162,000.

The two parties also agreed to a statement: “Prometheus admits that the Hollywood Reporter copied source code from Penske Media Corporation’s website http://www.TVLine.com; Prometheus and the Hollywood Reporter have apologized to Penske Media and pursuant to this stipulation have compensated Penske Media as a result; and both companies are pleased that this matter has now been resolved.”

Penske sued Prometheus in September 2011. A spokesman for Prometheus said, “The TVLine.com issue was the result of an error by an outside consultant, nothing more. As soon as Penske notified the company, the portion of the site at issue was taken down. Shortly thereafter, an apology was given. The amount of the settlement speaks for itself.”

PMC listed eight different copyright registrations on the source code used for TVLine.com.