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JAN
27
10 MINS

Film Academy Blasts GoDaddy for Revealing Settlement Offers in Cybersquatting Lawsuit

Film Academy Blasts GoDaddy for Revealing Settlement Offers in Cybersquatting Lawsuit

Nearly five years ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences filed a massive cybersquatting lawsuit against GoDaddy, alleging that the domain registrar giant allowed its customers to buy domains like 2011oscars.com or betacademyawards.com, "park" that page and collect a portion of revenue from GoDaddy's advertising partners on a pay-per-click basis.

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JAN
27
4 HRS

Marvin Gaye's Family Doubts "Fair Trial" In 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

Marvin Gaye's Family Doubts "Fair Trial" In 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

When Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke brought a lawsuit in August 2013 and demanded a judicial ruling that the monster hit "Blurred Lines" wasn't a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," most observers took a listen of both songs to compare.

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JAN
27
5 HRS

Music Licensing Co. Wants Final Approval on $58.5 Million Settlement With TV Stations

Music Licensing Co. Wants Final Approval on $58.5 Million Settlement With TV Stations

Performance rights organization SESAC and a group of local TV stations have asked a New York federal judge to move up a hearing that will likely mean the end of a long-running antitrust dispute.

In 2009, Meredith Corp. and Scripps Media brought a class action lawsuit that charged SESAC with unlawfully using its monopoly power to force TV stations into paying high fees to clear music in syndicated television shows.

The complaint used the Fox show, House, as an example.

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JAN
27
6 HRS

Hollywood Legal Hires: Top Attorney Publishes Historical Romance Novel

Hollywood Legal Hires: Top Attorney Publishes Historical Romance Novel

When he’s not defending Tom Cruise or Donald Sterling’s ex-wife, one of Hollywood’s preeminent lawyers spends his time writing historical fiction.

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JAN
26
23 HRS

'Birdman' Credit Grab Was "Textbook Extortion," Says Worldview (Exclusive)

Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, took home the top prize at the 2015 SAG Awards on Sunday night, but a legal drama concerning the film continues to flap its wings.

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JAN
26
1 day

'12 Years a Slave' Draws Copyright Lawsuit Over Hans Zimmer Soundtrack

'12 Years a Slave' Draws Copyright Lawsuit Over Hans Zimmer Soundtrack

While allegations of intellectual property theft fly in Hollywood, not often do we see a lawsuit that also claims violations of moral rights under the copyright laws of Germany and France.

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JAN
26
1 day

'American Idol' Winner Files Bold Legal Claim to Escape 'Oppressive' Contracts (Exclusive)

'American Idol' Winner Files Bold Legal Claim to Escape 'Oppressive' Contracts (Exclusive)

For those who would give almost anything for a chance at superstardom, American Idol might be the entertainment industry's version of a Faustian bargain: Through 14 seasons, the very successful Fox show has exploited the fact that there are millions of singers who are willing to sign onerous deals for the chance to compete. But season 11 winner Phillip Phillips isn't going to let the deals he made as a precursor to his fame go unchallenged.

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JAN
23
4 DAYS

Former Rebecca Black Manager Charged With Violating Talent Scam Prevention Act

Former Rebecca Black Manager Charged With Violating Talent Scam Prevention Act

A veteran music manager was charged with four counts of violating the Talent Scam Prevention Act, city attorney Mike Feuer announced at a press conference in L.A. on Friday.

Debra Baum is accused of illegally charging over $100,000 for representation and other talent management services. If convicted, she could face up to two years in jail and $20,000 in fines. She's scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 5.

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JAN
23
4 DAYS

Blackberry Wants to Force Netflix to Develop App Through Net Neutrality Rules

Blackberry Wants to Force Netflix to Develop App Through Net Neutrality Rules

Somewhere within Comcast headquarters, there's surely an executive smirking at Blackberry CEO John Chen's proposal that the FCC take a broad approach to net neutrality by having it cover apps too.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Chen wrote that Netflix "has discriminated against BlackBerry customers by refusing to make its streaming movie service available to them."

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JAN
23
4 DAYS

Sony, Google, Apple Hit With Lawsuits Over Pre-1972 Music

Sony, Google, Apple Hit With Lawsuits Over Pre-1972 Music

All the leading providers of streaming music are now in the scorching hot legal zone involving pre-1972 music, after seven lawsuits were filed on Thursday against Apple's Beat Electronics, Sony Entertainment, Google, Rdio, Songza, Slacker and Escape Media Group (operator of Grooveshark). (Update: Dismissals, see note at bottom.)

The proposed class actions are being led in California federal court by Zenbu Magazines, which says it owns older sound recordings created by The Flying Burrito Brothers, Hot Tuna and New Riders of the Purple Sage.

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JAN
22
5 DAYS

Lionsgate Reaches Across the Globe to Punish 'Expendables 3' Leak

Lionsgate Reaches Across the Globe to Punish 'Expendables 3' Leak

Six months after Lionsgate got a shock when The Expendables 3 leaked online in advance of its theatrical debut, the film company continues its battle to punish those who distributed the Sylvester Stallone action film without license and against warnings.

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JAN
22
5 DAYS

Rihanna's Win Against Topshop Affirmed By U.K. Appeals Court

Rihanna's Win Against Topshop Affirmed By U.K. Appeals Court

On Thursday, Rihanna preserved her legal victory against Topshop over the fashion retailer's sale of an oversized sleeveless jersey that featured her image.

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JAN
21
6 DAYS

Richard Pryor's Widow Sues Over "Swag" T-Shirt

Richard Pryor's Widow Sues Over "Swag" T-Shirt

An image of Richard Pryor superimposed with the word "swag" has earned a T-shirt designer a lawsuit from the comedian's widow.

In a concise 6-page complaint, Jennifer Lee Pryor claims that the online-based FretShirt has infringed her rights to the likeness of her late husband, an Emmy and Grammy award winner, a recipient of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and widely considered one of the greatest stand-up comedians ever.

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JAN
21
6 DAYS

Jeff Dunham's New Wife Sues Old Wife in Bizarre Cyberpiracy Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Jeff Dunham's New Wife Sues Old Wife in Bizarre Cyberpiracy Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Divorces in the entertainment industry are increasingly developing into unusual intellectual property battles.

The latest is a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by Audrey Dunham, a fitness model who in 2012 married ventriloquist, producer and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham. Before the marriage, she had the maiden name of Audrey Murdick, while Jeff was married to another woman named Paige Dunham.

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