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OCT
21
3 HRS

Judge Rules That Flavor of Pizza Isn't Entitled to Trademark Protection

Judge Rules That Flavor of Pizza Isn't Entitled to Trademark Protection

This story is about a judge denying trademark protection on a flavor of pizza, and we'll be up-front in saying that it doesn't directly relate to the entertainment industry though we could point out that the boom in food shows on television could theoretically prompt celebrity chefs to take their culinary bona fides to court. Ain't necessary, though, because we're talking about trademark protection on a flavor of pizza.

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OCT
21
4 HRS

'Goodfellas' Actor Suing Fox for $250 Million Over 'Simpsons' Mob Character

'Goodfellas' Actor Suing Fox for $250 Million Over 'Simpsons' Mob Character

In what might be the wildest lawsuit of the year, actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over one of the "wise guy" characters on The Simpsons.

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OCT
21
5 HRS

Kesha Denied Dr. Luke Made Sexual Advances in 2011 Deposition

Kesha Denied Dr. Luke Made Sexual Advances in 2011 Deposition

On Tuesday, a judge ordered the unsealing of a deposition given by pop star Kesha in prior litigation with her former managers at DAS Communications. The sworn testimony appears to undercut allegations of sexual abuse made in a lawsuit filed last week against her producer Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald.

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OCT
21
7 HRS

How Entertainment Companies Are Fighting Lawsuits Over Disclosures of Who's Watching

How Entertainment Companies Are Fighting Lawsuits Over Disclosures of Who's Watching

It's no secret that privacy is a scorching hot issue in the tech world, but without much of a legal regime to govern how companies keep and disseminate user records, some class action lawyers have turned to the Video Privacy Protection Act of 1988 to go after entertainment companies that knowingly disclose "personally identifiable information" regarding their consumers.

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OCT
20
1 day

'Trouble With the Curve' Lawsuit Refiled in L.A. Superior Court

'Trouble With the Curve' Lawsuit Refiled in L.A. Superior Court

A producer who claims the idea for the Clint Eastwood movie Trouble With the Curve was stolen from his company refiled his lawsuit Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, demanding at least $5 million. The suit was previously dismissed by a federal court.

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OCT
20
1 day

Producers Allowed to Sue Actress for Refusing to Film Nude Sex Scene

Producers Allowed to Sue Actress for Refusing to Film Nude Sex Scene

The production company behind Cinemax's Femme Fatales has been given the green light by a California judge to go forward with its countersuit against Anne Greene for allegedly breaching the "Nudity Rider" of her contract by refusing to film nude sex scenes.

Greene, whose credits include Saw 3D: The Final Chapter, sued first, alleging in a complaint against Time Warner, HBO, Cinemax and production company True Crime that she was bullied, sexually harassed and placed in a dangerous work environment.

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OCT
20
1 day

BBC Sues Over 'Dancing With the Stars' Twist

BBC Sues Over 'Dancing With the Stars' Twist

British Broadcasting Company has decided that it's time for a courtroom tango, filing a complaint on Friday in California federal court against a company that allegedly has infringed rights to its popular Dancing With the Stars program and induced many of its dancers to breach contract.

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OCT
17
4 DAYS

Robert Rodriguez Lawsuit Claims Investors Withheld $7.7M for 'Sin City 2,' 'Machete Kills' (Exclusive)

Robert Rodriguez Lawsuit Claims Investors Withheld $7.7M for 'Sin City 2,' 'Machete Kills' (Exclusive)

Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and others filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday against several companies and individuals who it charges committed a breach of contract and fraud by not paying money owed for the production of the movies Sin City 2 and Machete Kills.

Read the complaint here.

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OCT
17
4 DAYS

Judge Rejects "Ambiguous" Lawsuit Alleging Fox's 'New Girl' Was Stolen

Judge Rejects "Ambiguous" Lawsuit Alleging Fox's 'New Girl' Was Stolen

A judge has ruled that two writers must go back to Square One if they wish to re-file claims that Fox's New Girl is a copyright infringement of their own work.

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OCT
17
4 DAYS

Universal Music Might Be Eyeing Lawsuit Against American Airlines

Universal Music Might Be Eyeing Lawsuit Against American Airlines

American Airlines is buckling up to defend a copyright lawsuit that could come as soon as next month from Universal Music Group. On Friday, attorneys for the airline told a Texas judge that it anticipates being a defendant when a "standstill agreement" with the record giant expires on November 10. The latest court documents signal a possible coordinated attack by the music industry to gain more income from the largest airline carriers in the country.

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OCT
17
4 DAYS

'Dating Naked' Producers Tell Judge They Have Right to Show "Unfettered Nudity" (Exclusive)

'Dating Naked' Producers Tell Judge They Have Right to Show "Unfettered Nudity" (Exclusive)

When Jessie Nizewitz filed a $10 million lawsuit in late August against Viacom and producers of VH1's Dating Naked for allegedly violating her privacy by failing to "blur out her vagina and anus," one might have assumed that the producers would rush to move the dispute into private arbitration. But the defendants have gone the extra step by waiving before a judge three releases signed by Nizewitz that allegedly give the producers the right to show Nizewitz' birthday suit.

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OCT
17
5 DAYS

Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit

Led Zeppelin Loses First Round in 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit

Led Zeppelin is stuck in Pennsylvania at the moment, forced to confront claims the band stole its biggest hit "Stairway to Heaven" from Randy Craig Wolfe, founding member of the band Spirit.

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OCT
17
5 DAYS

Google Touts Anti-Piracy Efforts in New Report

Google Touts Anti-Piracy Efforts in New Report

On Friday, Google released its second annual report on efforts the web giant is making on the piracy front.

The report can be read below, and while we'll let others judge the success of programs like the ContentID program for YouTube, we'll take a moment to highlight page 18 — "Using Copyright Notices in Ranking."

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OCT
16
5 DAYS

Inside Kesha and Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

Inside Kesha and Dr. Luke's Dueling Lawsuits

Rape, verbal and physical abuse, indentured servitude and mental torment were but a few of the allegations put forth in a lawsuit filed by pop singer Kesha against hit songwriter-producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) on Oct. 13 in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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