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Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings

Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings

The major record labels are now suing Pandora for exploiting sound recordings made prior to February 15, 1972.

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Transgender TV Personality Loses Viacom Discrimination Lawsuit

The First Amendment has protected all kinds of speech in the past. On Thursday, it was determined to protect a cable network's wardrobe decisions, even if it caused a transgender man discomfort.

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Lee Phillips Toasted (and Roasted) as Entertainment Lawyer of Year

Lee Phillips Toasted (and Roasted) as Entertainment Lawyer of Year

BEVERLY HILLS -- In what was called "the toast, the roast and making the most of L. Lee Phillips," the well-known music industry lawyer was honored Wednesday evening as the Beverly Hills Bar Association's 2014 Entertainment Lawyer of the Year.

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Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing 17-Year-Old Boy in 1999

Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing 17-Year-Old Boy in 1999

Bryan Singer, director, producer and writer of more than two dozen productions including the X-Men films, was accused Wednesday in a federal lawsuit of having sexually abused a 17-year-old boy at estates in Los Angeles and Kailua, Hawaii where firearms, drugs and alcohol were present. The alleged conduct took place in 1999 and included rape and other physical force and forced intoxication with cocaine, including at "sordid parties," according to the highly graphic lawsuit.

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Justice Alito Rejoins Aereo Supreme Court Case

Justice Alito Rejoins Aereo Supreme Court Case

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito will not be sitting out the Aereo case next week, an entry on the Court’s public docket revealed Wednesday. Alito had previously been listed as recused, setting up the possibility of a 4-4 tie in the case, which would have left in place a welter of conflicting lower-court decisions that ratify Aereo and similar services in some parts of the country and outlaw them in others.

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Appeals Court: Producer Likely to Win Defamation Lawsuit Against TheWrap

Appeals Court: Producer Likely to Win Defamation Lawsuit Against TheWrap

A California appeals court has revived a defamation lawsuit against TheWrap over its reporting on the documentary Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond.

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Hollywood Docket: Settlements for Black Flag, Eminem and 'The Expendables'

Hollywood Docket: Settlements for Black Flag, Eminem and 'The Expendables'

Not every Hollywood lawsuit ends with a made-for-TV court ruling. Among the pieces of litigation that have been quietly put to bed in the past week are headline-making disputes over whether former Black Flag members could tour as "Flag," Facebook's use of Eminem music in an advertising campaign and a bitter credit fight over Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables.

Here's a roundup of some recent settlements:

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Jason Patric's Sperm Spawns First Amendment Battle

Jason Patric's Sperm Spawns First Amendment Battle

On Thursday, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge will hear a novel First Amendment battle over the extent to which an in vitro father can mention his child's name.

STORY: CNN Gets First Amendment Victory in Video Captioning Dispute

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Judge Won't Allow MGM to Speed Up Lawsuit Over Universal's 'Section 6'

Judge Won't Allow MGM to Speed Up Lawsuit Over Universal's 'Section 6'

Spy thrillers are typically fast-paced. Lawsuits over spy thrillers, on the other hand, are another story.

In the first act in the litigation over the Aaron Berg-scripted Section 6, a California federal judge has denied MGM’s motion for expedited discovery.

EARLIER: Universal Responds to James Bond Lawsuit: No Green Light for 'Section 6' Yet

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Netflix Asks Appellate Court to Reconsider 'Innocence of Muslims' Ruling

Netflix Asks Appellate Court to Reconsider 'Innocence of Muslims' Ruling

On Monday, Netflix became the latest to lodge their freakout at the prospect of an actor enjoining the distribution of a movie.

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Aereo to Face Uphill Battle in Supreme Court, Experts Say (Analysis)

Aereo to Face Uphill Battle in Supreme Court, Experts Say (Analysis)

Next week's Supreme Court argument will be difficult for cable-competitor Aereo, legal experts agree, as the company faces off against not just broadcasters but also the influential U.S. Solicitor General's office and the Copyright Office. While it will be a tough fight for the company, the case is so complex and the copyright and communications statutes so intricate that one advocate said the decision could end up as lopsided as 7-1 -- in either direction.

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Judge Asked to Reject 'Out of the Furnace' Defamation Lawsuit

Judge Asked to Reject 'Out of the Furnace' Defamation Lawsuit

The producers of Out of the Furnace are demanding that a judge reject a defamation lawsuit filed by 17 members of a Native American tribe located in New York and New Jersey.

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Universal Responds to James Bond Lawsuit: No Green Light for 'Section 6' Yet

Universal Studios had submitted its first court papers in the new battle over whether Section 6 -- a film project about the early days of the U.K.'s spy agency MI6 --  is a James Bond knockoff.

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New Service Launches to Pay Union Bonds (Exclusive)

New Service Launches to Pay Union Bonds (Exclusive)

Independent film producers have long groused about the SAG (and now SAG-AFTRA) requirement that they post a bond with the union at the start of principal photography to cover actors’ payroll. The so-called “SAG bond” -- actually a security deposit -- can be as much as roughly equal to the total anticipated actor payroll amount for the film, including union fringe benefits, and the problem for producers is that the amount is simply held in reserve by the union, not paid to the actors.

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