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Adam Carolla Testifies in Trial Over Podcasting Partnership Agreement

Adam Carolla Testifies in Trial Over Podcasting Partnership Agreement

Adam Carolla testified Monday against claims that he removed his former friends from his popular podcasting business without paying them for their stakes in it.

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Studio Hiring Pacts Spark New Class Action Lawsuit

Studio Hiring Pacts Spark New Class Action Lawsuit

Testing the maxim that once is never enough, Robert Nitsch Jr, a former visual effects worker at DreamWorks Animation, has became the latest to go to court over an alleged conspiracy to deny workers in the visual effects community better work opportunities.

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Marvin Gaye's Children Use Audio Mashup to Prove 'Blurred Lines' Is Infringing

Marvin Gaye's Children Use Audio Mashup to Prove 'Blurred Lines' Is Infringing

On Monday, Marvin Gaye's children delivered a message to a California federal judge: Hearing is believing, so listen up.

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Hollywood Docket: David Letterman's Interns; Lifetime's Killer Movie; BBCA's 'Orphan Black'

Hollywood Docket: David Letterman's Interns; Lifetime's Killer Movie; BBCA's 'Orphan Black'

Lawsuits from former entertainment industry interns are no longer a trend. They are an epidemic.

The latest is a proposed class action filed by Mallory Musallam on behalf of himself and others similarly situated against CBS Broadcasting and Worldwide Pants, producer of The Late Show with David Letterman.

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Jay Z Argues Sound Engineer's Song Rights Lawsuit Came Too Late

Jay Z Argues Sound Engineer's Song Rights Lawsuit Came Too Late

Jay Z has filed a motion to dismiss Chauncey Mahan's lawsuit that asks a judge to declare the sound engineer to be a joint author of 45 songs, including "Big Pimpin" and "Things That U Do," plus unpublished outtakes from Vol 3… The Life and Times of S. Carter.

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Rod Stewart Sued for Reusing Image of the Back of His Head

Rod Stewart Sued for Reusing Image of the Back of His Head

Celebrity photographer Bonnie Schiffman has filed a copyright lawsuit that claims Rod Stewart misused an image she took that adorned the singer's 1989 greatest hits album as the centerpiece of his comeback tour.

According to a complaint filed Thursday in California federal court, the exploitation of the "replicate image, an unmistakable copy" is impermissible without authorization.

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Talent Agents' Fight Over 'Family Guy' Commissions Ends in Draw

Talent Agents' Fight Over 'Family Guy' Commissions Ends in Draw

Five years of courtroom fighting, and the litigation between the Kaplan Stahler Agency and its former president Robert Gumer, has amounted to an affirmation of no wrongdoing.

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Selling 'Used' Digital Music Proves Troublesome for Two ReDigi Executives

Selling 'Used' Digital Music Proves Troublesome for Two ReDigi Executives

Remember ReDigi, the upstart digital company that stirred excitement with a business model around letting consumers buy and sell previously purchased tracks on iTunes? There's more bad news for the company from a federal judge on Tuesday.

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In Defense of Disney's Opposition to the Deadmau5 Trademark

In Defense of Disney's Opposition to the Deadmau5 Trademark

The U.S. Trademark Office can sometimes resemble a funhouse maze. Six months ago, we broke news that Disney was investigating a trademark registration filed by the company owned by EDM star Joel Zimmerman, better known as Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"). Providing notice of a potential challenge isn't unusual at the Trademark & Trial Board.

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Apple Can't Kill 'Breaking Bad' Fan's Lawsuit Over Final Season

Apple Can't Kill 'Breaking Bad' Fan's Lawsuit Over Final Season

Dr. Noam Lazebnik, an Ohio resident, has advanced to the next round in a putative class action lawsuit that takes issue with how Apple advertised and sold the final 16 episodes of AMC's Breaking Bad.

When AMC announced that the fifth season of the series would be the final one, Apple began selling an iTunes "season pass" for $21.99 for high definition and $13.99 for standard definition. Customers were promised that the season pass "includes all current and future episodes of Breaking Bad, Season 5."

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More on How a Fox News Lawsuit Might Impact the Future of News

More on How a Fox News Lawsuit Might Impact the Future of News

Is Fox News about to be decimated by a media-monitoring service? Or is the cable news channel attempting to establish exclusive control over its news content and silence its critics? Both questions are being examined in an extremely important copyright lawsuit that could soon be decided on summary judgment.

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Diplo's Lawyer Joins Manatt as Firm Looks to Expand EDM Business

Diplo's Lawyer Joins Manatt as Firm Looks to Expand EDM Business

Attorney David Rappaport, whose clients include Diplo and Mad Decent, Phantogram, Cold War Kids and Dirty Projectors, among others, has joined law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as a partner in the New York office. He will also oversee the Manatt’s music transactional practice.

Manatt currently represents such acts as Death Cab for Cutie, Banks and Belle Brigade. The addition of Rappaport will help build the firm's new artist and electronic dance music (EDM) roster.

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Brett Ratner Sued Over 'Hercules' Party Injury

Brett Ratner Sued Over 'Hercules' Party Injury

Hercules was a disappointment at the box office this summer, but the troubles don't stop there for the film's director, Brett Ratner

Lauryn Flynn filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Ratner for injuries she allegedly suffered at his home during a party after the premiere of the Dwayne Johnson film on July 24. 

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Aereo Tells Judge It Can Beat Lawsuit Despite Supreme Court Ruling

Aereo Tells Judge It Can Beat Lawsuit Despite Supreme Court Ruling

On Friday, Aereo filed its opposition to an injunction demanded by television broadcasters. As expected, the digital TV company is asserting that it is a "cable system" and is therefore entitled to a statutory license under Section 111 of the Copyright Act.

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