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Hollywood Docket: Street Art, Folk Songs and Cryptocurrency

Hollywood Docket: Street Art, Folk Songs and Cryptocurrency

From street art to cryptocurrency, here are some things heating up the court docket in the entertainment industry:

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'Criminal Minds' Actor Thomas Gibson Sued Over Manager's Commissions

'Criminal Minds' Actor Thomas Gibson Sued Over Manager's Commissions

Frontline Entertainment Management is taking Criminal Minds actor Thomas Gibson to court over money allegedly owed to the firm's Craig Dorfman.

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BET Wins Legal War Over Fan's Facebook Page (Exclusive)

BET Wins Legal War Over Fan's Facebook Page (Exclusive)

A Florida federal judge made social media history on Wednesday, determining that the woman who created a Facebook page for TV series The Game can't establish she owns a property interest in some 6.2 million likes she amassed.

Stacey Mattocks, an insurance agent, is credited with helping to revive the show about the lives of professional football players and their significant others. Following its cancellation in 2009 by The CW, Mattocks started a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter, and eventually, the show landed at BET.

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"A Mural Painted by an Elephant," and Other Things That Can't Be Copyrighted

"A Mural Painted by an Elephant," and Other Things That Can't Be Copyrighted

Maria Pallante, a Homo Sapiens and the United States Register of Copyrights, has released a public draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, the first major revision in more than two decades.

It's 1,222 pages of pure beach reading, and in four months' time, these administrative practices take effect.

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Shakira's Illegally Copied Song Puts Sony on Hook for Damages

Shakira's Illegally Copied Song Puts Sony on Hook for Damages

On Tuesday, after conducting a bench trial, a New York federal judge concluded that a subsidiary of Sony Music was liable for copyright infringement for Colombian superstar Shakira's "Loca" from her 2010 album, Sale el Sol.

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Adam Carolla Faces September Trial Over Podcast Business

Adam Carolla Faces September Trial Over Podcast Business

Anyone who have read news that Adam Carolla recently settled a lawsuit over his podcasting enterprise might think the headline above is inaccurate. It's not.

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ExxonMobil Wins First Round in Lawsuit Over Fox's FXX Network Logo

ExxonMobil Wins First Round in Lawsuit Over Fox's FXX Network Logo

A Tex(x)as federal judge will allow ExxonMobil's claim that cable TV's FXX Network is diluting its trademark by interlocking the X's in a logo. To hold otherwise, concluded the judge on Monday, might lead to a lot of cross people at the U.S. Trademark Office.

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Legendary Mexican Actor's Son Can Attend Movie Premiere Without Threat of Jail Time

Legendary Mexican Actor's Son Can Attend Movie Premiere Without Threat of Jail Time

The son of legendary Mexican actor "Cantinflas" (Mario Moreno) will get to watch his father's accomplishments being celebrated on the silver screen.

Cantinflas was the Robin Williams of his time -- at least in Mexico, where he starred in dozens of films in the middle of the 20th Century. Charlie Chaplin once called him the best comedian alive. He's best known to American audiences for his Golden Globe-nominated role in the 1956 film, Around the World in 80 Days.

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TV Broadcasters Aim for Broad Injunction Against Aereo

TV Broadcasters Aim for Broad Injunction Against Aereo

Having prevailed at the U.S. Supreme Court, television broadcasters are now proposing that a New York federal judge issue a preliminary injunction against Aereo that would prohibit the digital service from "streaming, transmitting, retransmitting, or otherwise publicly performing any Copyrighted Programming over the Internet...or by means of any device or process throughout the United States of America."

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Judge Blocks MLB from Ordering TV Broadcaster to Pay Washington Nationals

Judge Blocks MLB from Ordering TV Broadcaster to Pay Washington Nationals

With the specter that the first-place Washington Nationals might terminate a broadcaster's rights to its games as soon as Tuesday, Major League Baseball was in a New York courtroom on Monday at a hearing that repeatedly invoked the name of Bernie Madoff and had the judge questioning whether the Nationals were engaged in "blackmail." By the end of the hearing, the judge agreed with the broadcaster that a preliminary injunction was warranted.

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Machinima Names General Counsel

Machinima's new CEO Chad Gutstein is continuing to build up the YouTube network's leadership ranks, this time with the appointment of Chris Riley as general counsel. 

Riley joins the gaming-centric company from Bingham McCutcheon, where he was a partner in the corporate practice group. He previously served as general counsel for Ticketmaster and Match.com, and also was a legal consultant for Disney Interactive. 

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Oprah Winfrey Network Sued Over Chicken Wing Show

Oprah Winfrey Network Sued Over Chicken Wing Show

The title of a one-hour special on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) debuting Saturday night has got a producer working with a chicken wing entrepreneur steaming hot.

OWN's show is titled Wingmen and features two best friends from Columbia, South Carolina and their small-town food truck business selling stuffed chicken wings.

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Nicollette Sheridan Denied Retrial in 'Desperate Housewives' Termination Case

Nicollette Sheridan Denied Retrial in 'Desperate Housewives' Termination Case

Nicollette Sheridan won't be heading back to court after all for her allegations that Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry assaulted her and ABC wrongfully fired her from the show.

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Homer Simpson Hologram at Comic-Con Draws Patent Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Homer Simpson Hologram at Comic-Con Draws Patent Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Leave it to Homer Simpson to get 20th Century Fox into trouble for allegedly violating a patent.

On Thursday, Alki David's Hologram USA filed a lawsuit that claims a 3D representation of the famous Homer at this year's Comic-Con convention in San Diego infringed its patented system to project three-dimensional images onstage.

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