Archivist and activist Carl Malamud once likened state and federal cases as the source code to America's operating system. Unfortunately, many legal documents remain hidden from public inspection. One example comes from a lawsuit filed this past July by DirecTV against Al Jazeera America. The complaint was submitted with heavy redaction.
On Thursday, U.S District Judge Naomi Buchwald heard oral arguments in a lawsuit that aims to put the spotlight at what has occurred behind the scenes of Fox's long-running singing competition show American Idol, which at its height was the most watched television program in the nation.
A three-year-old copyright infringement lawsuit brought by composer Jack Urbont against rapper Ghostface Killah has taken an unusual turn with a New York judge entering a default judgment in favor of the plaintiff. As a result, the case might now be set to explore an issue that should draw tremendous interest in the music industry.
Marvel is moving swiftly on the possibility it has an Avengers: Age of Ultron leaker in its midst, going to a California federal court for the issuance of a subpoena on Google.
The entertainment company says in court documents that someone using the name "John Gazelle" posted a file of the film on a Google Drive account. On Oct. 22, a lawyer at Marvel parent Disney sent Google a takedown notice pursuant to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, requesting that Google expeditiously remove the file.
CBS contends in a new lawsuit that it is owed $2.45 million from the producer of Fashion Rocks.
According to a breach-of-contract complaint filed on Monday, Three Lions Entertainment signed a contract for airtime on Sept. 9 for the Ryan Seacrest-hosted show. Featuring performances by Nicki Minaj, Pitbull and Usher, the program aired as scheduled, but CBS says that it has never received the money promised.
Earlier this year, a Louisiana judge acted as a heel and handed the WWE a surprising defeat on the cusp of Wrestlemania. On Tuesday, the professional wrestling body got the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the decision in its ongoing grudge match against merchandise bootleggers.
Ever since The Conjuring came out, it's been the subject of a spooky legal dispute. The film grossed $318 million worldwide, and with sequels both released and forthcoming, Tony DeRosa-Grund's Evergreen Media Group has put up quite a fight over contingent compensation and the scope of rights. Now, thanks to a new decision by a Texas federal judge, the next round will take place in arbitration.
For the past year, there's been an ongoing mystery in the music industry over whether Universal Music and Sony/ATV would withdraw their song catalogues from ASCAP and BMI. This is a big deal. Take the fuss over the decision on Monday by TaylorSwift to remove her works from Spotify. Now multiply that by a thousand. Imagine if restaurants, bars, clubs and anybody else that relies on blanket licenses to publicly perform music suddenly lost those rights.
Contract negotiations began Monday between SAG-AFTRA and television networks on the union’s Network Television Code (Netcode) pact, an agreement that covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs. Talks are being held at AMPTP headquarters in Sherman Oaks, Calif.
The Department of Justice doesn't like the message it's getting from the proposed merger of in-theater advertising companies National CineMedia and Screenvision and has announced that it is filing a federal lawsuit in New York to block the $375 million deal.