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Al Jazeera Responds to Al Gore's Lawsuit

Al Jazeera Responds to Al Gore's Lawsuit

In the Delaware Court of Chancery, Al Jazeera has responded in force to Al Gore's bombshell lawsuit claiming the Qatari-backed network is withholding money from its $500 million acquisition of Current TV to "buy favor with its distributors."

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Jamie Foxx Sued Over New Song (Exclusive)

Jamie Foxx Sued Over New Song (Exclusive)

Less than a week after Jamie Foxx released his first new song in four years, the Oscar winning actor and musician is being dragged into court over the release.

The lawsuit filed by Nontra Records on Thursday against Foxx, DJ Mustard and 2 Chainz over "Party Ain't a Party," is a rather atypical copyright lawsuit that centers on the accusation that an instrumental was first given to another artist, J Rand.

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Judge Rejects Lawsuit Over Alki David's CNN Interview on Michael Jackson Hologram

Judge Rejects Lawsuit Over Alki David's CNN Interview on Michael Jackson Hologram

The fighting over who owns rights to resurrect deceased artists like Michael Jackson and Marilyn Monroe through holographic-like projection technology is far from over, but billionaire Alki David scored a legal success on Wednesday when he convinced a California federal judge to reject a false advertising claim that pertained to what the FIlmOn founder said during a CNN interview.

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Led Zeppelin Aims to Send 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit to Hell

Led Zeppelin Aims to Send 'Stairway to Heaven' Lawsuit to Hell

It took 43 years for the heirs of songwriter Randy Craig Wolfe to sue Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and other Led Zeppelin parties for allegedly stealing the 1971 song "Stairway to Heaven," and when the lawsuit finally came, it happened in Pennsylvania. If we can imagine this great state to be heaven for a moment, it's a place where nothing ever happens.

Or so goes the argument on why the lawsuit should be dismissed.

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Michelle Phan Claims Dance Label Overstepped on YouTube Takedowns

Michelle Phan Claims Dance Label Overstepped on YouTube Takedowns

A notable lawsuit over YouTube star Michelle Phan's use of background music presented her side of the story in counterclaims lodged on Thursday in a California federal court.

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James Cameron Wins 'Avatar' Idea Theft Lawsuit Against Artist

James Cameron Wins 'Avatar' Idea Theft Lawsuit Against Artist

James Cameron has won another lawsuit alleging he stole ideas for Avatar.

Artist William Roger Dean alleged Cameron ripped off 14 of his paintings for the 2009 sci-fi epic, and was seeking damages from Cameron, Avatar studio 20th Century Fox and Cameron's production company Lightstorm Entertainment. He claimed Cameron stole aspects of Avatar planet Pandora, including its biosphere and several of its alien creatures.

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'Expendables 3' Torrent Downloaders Now Being Targeted for Copyright Infringement

'Expendables 3' Torrent Downloaders Now Being Targeted for Copyright Infringement

Expendables 3 is more than just a problem for the torrent sites who shared advance copies of the Sylvester Stallone film. Now that the action saga has underwhelmed at the box office, producers are looking for some payback from those who have downloaded the film off of torrent sites.

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Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract (Exclusive)

Iggy Azalea Sues Ex-Boyfriend for Releasing Early Music, Forging Contract (Exclusive)

Being a celebrity isn't always a pleasant experience. One issue that arises is how to deal with acquaintances who predate the fame. For Iggy Azalea, that means battling a former boyfriend who has brought forward her unreleased music and word of a purported sex tape. She's now choosing to combat this nightmare situation by unleashing legal fury on him.

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Kickstarter's Future Put in Judge's Hands

Kickstarter's Future Put in Judge's Hands

Who invented the idea of sourcing the funding of movies, songs and other artistic endeavors to fans?

In the eyes of Kickstarter, which has raised over $1 billion for projects like a Veronica Mars movie and a reboot of Reading Rainbow, that's like asking the silly question of who invented money. It's an abstract idea, or as its lawyers would say, a "fundamental economic practice" that's been exploited for quite some time.

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What Kate Upton's Nude Photo Hack Reveals About Google

What Kate Upton's Nude Photo Hack Reveals About Google

This story first appeared in the Sept. 26 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

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CBS Must Pay $1.3 Million for Violating Podcasting Patent

CBS Must Pay $1.3 Million for Violating Podcasting Patent

CBS suffered a defeat in a Marshall, Texas, courtroom on Monday when a jury came back from deliberations and awarded $1.3 million to Personal Audio LLC over the TV network's violation of the plaintiff's patent on podcasting. The result came after 18 months of litigation for the patent-holder, which has endured bad press for conducting a wide-ranging legal campaign against those in the media and tech industry who digitally syndicate audio shows.

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CNN Ordered to Rehire Over 100 Union Techs, Compensate Many More

CNN Ordered to Rehire Over 100 Union Techs, Compensate Many More

The National Labor Relations Board on Friday ordered CNN to rehire more than 100 union technicians in the network’s New York and Washington bureaus, compensate more than 200 others wrongly paid at lower wage rates, and recognize a unit of the Communications Workers of America as the bargaining representative of the affected employees.

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Netflix, Amazon Beat Blacklisting Lawsuit From Former Employee

Netflix, Amazon Beat Blacklisting Lawsuit From Former Employee

Netflix and Amazon are competitors in providing online video content, but they're sharing a victory in court.

In a ruling Friday, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Stern shot down the claims brought against the online giants by Jerry Kowal, a former employee of both companies who alleged in an April complaint that he had been wrongfully terminated by Amazon after Netflix waged a blacklisting campaign against him.

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Second Actor Sues Google Over 'Innocence of Muslims'

Second Actor Sues Google Over 'Innocence of Muslims'

In the wake of a federal appellate court's ruling last February that Innocence of Muslims actress Cindy Lee Garcia could assert a copyright interest in her performance in the film, Google warned of impending "chaos." Netflix, news organizations and documentary filmmakers also worried about the consequence of letting contributors

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