Judge Rules Against Warner Bros. in ‘South Park’ Streaming Rights Dispute

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Judge Rules Against Warner Bros. in ‘South Park’ Streaming Rights Dispute

In Brief
• Judge ruled in favor of Paramount+ on claims alleging violation of state consumer protection laws.
• WBD still has remaining claims for breach of contract, tortious interference, and unjust enrichment.
• Paramount+ had been accused of misleading consumers about exclusive rights to the series.
• WBD filed lawsuit over a $500 million licensing deal for streaming rights to existing and new episodes of ‘South Park’.
• Paramount countersued for breach of contract, seeking $52 million in unpaid licensing fees.
• Dispute involves disagreements over the number of episodes WBD is entitled to for certain seasons.
• WBD alleges a conspiracy between Paramount+, South Park creators, and MTV to divert content to boost Paramount+’s streaming platform, undermining the 2019 deal with WBD.
• Legal battle continues as WBD still pursues claims against Paramount+.

Paramount+ and Warner Bros. Digital (WBD) have been embroiled in a legal battle over the streaming rights to ‘South Park.’ However, a judge has ruled in favor of Paramount+ on some claims, while WBD still has remaining claims for breach of contract, tortious interference, and unjust enrichment.

The judge found that Paramount+ did not violate state consumer protection laws and that the dispute between the two companies was a “private contract dispute” that did not harm consumers. WBD had accused Paramount+ of misleading consumers about the exclusive rights to the series.

The lawsuit was filed by WBD, alleging that Paramount, South Park Digital Studios, and MTV Entertainment breached a $500 million licensing deal for the exclusive streaming rights to the existing library and new episodes of ‘South Park.’ Paramount counterclaimed for breach of contract, seeking $52 million in unpaid licensing fees.

The dismissal of the claim regarding deceptive practices was based on the judge’s finding that Paramount+ did not make false statements and that consumers could distinguish between the movies available on Paramount+ and the series available on HBO Max.

The dispute also involves disagreements over the number of episodes WBD is entitled to for certain seasons. WBD claimed it was owed ten episodes per season, while Paramount argued that there was no minimum commitment and delivered 16 episodes over three seasons.

The lawsuit alleges that Paramount+ conspired with South Park creators and MTV to divert content to boost Paramount+’s streaming platform, undermining the 2019 deal with WBD. Paramount argued that this is a standard contract dispute between business entities and does not involve deceptive practices.

The legal battle over ‘South Park’ streaming rights continues, with WBD still pursuing claims against Paramount+.

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