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JAN
30
23 HRS

New Insurance Protects Brands When Celebs Go Bad

New Insurance Protects Brands When Celebs Go Bad

Today, many, maybe most, celebrities endorse products. And that means brands face a challenge when their endorser suddenly shows up in the news for the wrong reasons: a drug scandal, domestic violence charge, hate speech, even shoplifting. The next move may be to back away: terminate the contract, cancel the advertising and pull the physical product if its celebrity-branded.

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JAN
30
23 HRS

Pharrell Williams Camp Ridicules "Desperate" Appeal Bid in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

Pharrell Williams Camp Ridicules "Desperate" Appeal Bid in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

In the suddenly fast-moving dispute over whether Robin Thicke's and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines" is a rip-off of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," a judge has now been given the reasons why he should and shouldn't certify an immediate appeal.

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JAN
30
23 HRS

Michael Jackson's Family Can't Revive $1.5 Billion AEG Case

Michael Jackson's Family Can't Revive $1.5 Billion AEG Case

The family of Michael Jackson has lost its appeal in the case over whether the late pop star's concert promoter should be held liable for his death.

California's Court of Appeals handed down judgment Friday that the Los Angeles Superior Court didn't decide in error in the proceedings leading up to the 2013 trial over AEG Live's potential responsibility for Jackson's death.

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JAN
30
1 day

Warner Bros. Knocks Down Best-Selling Author's $10 Million Lawsuit Over 'Gravity' (Exclusive)

Warner Bros. Knocks Down Best-Selling Author's $10 Million Lawsuit Over 'Gravity' (Exclusive)

A judge has just grounded Tess Gerritsen's lawsuit that Warner Bros. breached the terms of a 1999 deal by coming out with its blockbuster film Gravity, calling the allegations "entirely speculative."

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JAN
30
1 day

Warner Music Group Settles Lawsuit Over Unpaid Interns

Warner Music Group Settles Lawsuit Over Unpaid Interns

Warner Music Group has now become the largest music company to resolve litigation over its past internship programs. On Thursday, the attorney for the plaintiffs wrote a letter to the judge announcing that the substantive terms had been agreed upon by the parties.

The lawsuit was a consolidated action brought by lead plaintiffs Kyle Grant, who interned at Warner Bros. Records from August 2012 to April 2013, and Justin Henry, who worked at WMG subsidiary Atlantic Recording Corp. between October 2007 and May 2008.

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JAN
30
1 day

Major League Baseball Whiffs in Attempt to Appeal Ruling Over TV Rights Deals

Major League Baseball Whiffs in Attempt to Appeal Ruling Over TV Rights Deals

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals won't intervene in an antitrust lawsuit that has the potential of shaking up the way that professional sports games are packaged and distributed.

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JAN
29
2 DAYS

Two Men Inspired By 'Throw Momma from the Train' Fail To Get Away With Murder

Two Men Inspired By 'Throw Momma from the Train' Fail To Get Away With Murder

Throw Momma from the Train, the 1987 film featuring Danny Devito's character agreeing to kill Billy Crystal's ex-wife (over the authorship of a book) in return for Crystal killing Devito's mother, is definitely not a full-proof plan for murder without punishment.

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JAN
29
2 DAYS

Marvin Gaye Family Seeks 'Blurred Lines' Appeal, Warns of "Devastating Consequences" of Key Ruling (Exclusive)

Marvin Gaye Family Seeks 'Blurred Lines' Appeal, Warns of "Devastating Consequences" of Key Ruling (Exclusive)

With just two weeks to go before a scheduled trial over whether Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," the dispute has gone nuclear in the past 24 hours with a judge's abrupt change of mind on a key issue and then an attempt to delay the trial for an appeal.

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JAN
29
2 DAYS

Warner Bros. Sued for Distributing 'Laws of Attraction' Without License

Warner Bros. Sued for Distributing 'Laws of Attraction' Without License

Warner Bros. is being taken to court again by two German film companies that claim the studio breached a settlement agreement covering four films and is violating their copyright to Laws of Attraction, starring Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore.

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JAN
28
3 DAYS

Appeals Court: News Orgs Don't Have to Remove Stories When Criminal Records Are Expunged

On Wednesday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against a woman who had drug charges dropped against her and wiped from official records but couldn't convince newspapers owned by the Hearst Corporation to remove or update stories about her.

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JAN
28
3 DAYS

Recording Academy Gets Tough on Grammy Awards Ticket Scalping

Recording Academy Gets Tough on Grammy Awards Ticket Scalping

The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences has a number of tricks up its sleeve in its efforts to stop ticket scalping of the Grammy Awards. Ahead of this year's ceremony on Feb. 8 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Recording Academy has brought a lawsuit that showcases the technology and law used to crack down on scalping.

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JAN
27
4 DAYS

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 and 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 DAYS

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
4 DAYS

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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