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Gawker Tells Judge That #FairPay Twitter Hashtag Is "Inflammatory"

Gawker Tells Judge That #FairPay Twitter Hashtag Is "Inflammatory"

Gawker founder Nick Denton usually spends his time figuring out how to reach and engage readers. On Tuesday, though, the digital media company aimed to put some limits on how its former interns are being given news of a putative class action lawsuit that contends Gawker violated labor laws by failing to pay at least minimum wage.

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Texas Woman Goes to Court to Stop Lassie's Trainers From Breeding Rin Tin Tin Dogs

Texas Woman Goes to Court to Stop Lassie's Trainers From Breeding Rin Tin Tin Dogs

According to a 2011 article in The New Yorker, the dog star Rin Tin Tin was once so popular that every time Warner Bros. "was in financial straits it released a Rin Tin Tin movie and the income from it set things right again."

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YouTube MCNs Attacked in Lawsuits Over Alleged Use of Unlicensed Music (Exclusive)

YouTube MCNs Attacked in Lawsuits Over Alleged Use of Unlicensed Music (Exclusive)

On Tuesday, Disney's Maker Studios, DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness, Big Frame and BroadbandTV Corp. were all slammed with lawsuits that aim to rip the lid off of unlicensed music on YouTube.

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Oscars: A Guide to Best Picture Intellectual Property Litigation

Oscars: A Guide to Best Picture Intellectual Property Litigation

This article has been republished with permission from the Trademark and Copyright Law blog.

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BlackBerry Dials Up Second Lawsuit Against Ryan Seacrest's Typo (Exclusive)

BlackBerry Dials Up Second Lawsuit Against Ryan Seacrest's Typo (Exclusive)

The second season of Ryan Seacrest's Typo is too much like the first, according to BlackBerry Limited.

The once dominant smartphone maker is again suing Typo, alleging in a new complaint filed on Monday in California federal court that its mobile keyboard designs have been "slavishly copied...down to the smallest detail, including the layout of the keyboard itself, the shapes of the keys, and the surface sculpting of the keys."

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Hollywood Docket: Pre-1972 Music; 'Barely Lethal' Lawsuit; Aimee Mann Settlement

Hollywood Docket: Pre-1972 Music; 'Barely Lethal' Lawsuit; Aimee Mann Settlement

More litigation has been filed over pre-1972 sound recordings. On Friday, Beach Road Music brought separate putative class actions alleging at least $5 million in damages against Sony Entertainment, Apple Inc., Rdio and Escape Media Group.

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Former Rhythm & Hues Owners Sued for Having "Pillaged" Oscar-Winning VFX House (Exclusive)

Former Rhythm & Hues Owners Sued for Having "Pillaged" Oscar-Winning VFX House (Exclusive)

When Rhythm & Hues declared bankruptcy in February 2013, laying off hundreds of employees and taking $17 million in loans just so it could complete VFX work for Universal and Fox, the court filings led to weeks of discussion about how a company that had worked on such films as The Hunger Games and The Lord of the Rings and won an Oscar for Life of Pi had gotten into such dire straits.

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United Talent Agency Escapes Screenwriter's Lawsuit Over 'The Purge'

On Friday, a California federal judge dismissed United Talent Agency from an ongoing lawsuit alleging that Universal's The Purge derived from a script authored by Douglas Jordan-Benel.

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'Dumb and Dumber To' Piracy Leads to Copyright Lawsuits (Exclusive)

'Dumb and Dumber To' Piracy Leads to Copyright Lawsuits (Exclusive)

The rights-holder of Dumb and Dumber To, last year's sequel starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, is the latest to jump aboard the legal stratagem of suing anonymous users of BitTorrent for sharing copyrighted work.

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Lionsgate Argues It Had No Duty to Disclose SEC Probe Over War With Carl Icahn

Lionsgate Argues It Had No Duty to Disclose SEC Probe Over War With Carl Icahn

With word that $7.5 million is of "economic insignificance" and some pride of having bested corporate raider Carl Icahn, Lionsgate on Thursday moved to dismiss a shareholder class-action lawsuit for failing to disclose a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation.

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FXX Pilot Airing at 1:30 a.m. Leads to Eye-Opening Slander Lawsuit

FXX Pilot Airing at 1:30 a.m. Leads to Eye-Opening Slander Lawsuit

It's not often that The Hollywood Reporter misses a chance to review a new television series, but then again, TV networks don't usually premiere a series at 1:30 a.m. That's what happened on Monday when FXX debuted Winter Dragon, based upon the massively popular fantasy book series Wheel of Time. There's a reason why the pilot quietly arrived in the wee hours of the morning on Feb.

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Cinedigm Sues Gaiam for Fraud in $51.5 Million Acquisition of Home Video Division

Cinedigm Sues Gaiam for Fraud in $51.5 Million Acquisition of Home Video Division

Cinedigm Corporation filed a lawsuit against Gaiam Inc. on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court alleging there was fraud and wrongful conduct in relation to a $51.5 million deal in the 2013 sale of its home entertainment division.

Cinedigm, which is a public company, believes it may be owed more than $30 million in damages for misstatements about working capital when it bought GVE Video distribution.

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Disney Agrees to Settle River Pollution Lawsuit by Taking Action at Movie Studio Lot

Disney Agrees to Settle River Pollution Lawsuit by Taking Action at Movie Studio Lot

The Walt Disney Company has submitted a settlement to end a six-year-old lawsuit from an environmental watchdog over water pollutant discharges at its motion picture studio lot in Burbank, California. The Mickey Mouse company is admitting no liability but has agreed to measures to prevent tainted waters in the rivers of Los Angeles.

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9/11 Photos Causing Legal Trouble for Fox News, Other Media Outlets

9/11 Photos Causing Legal Trouble for Fox News, Other Media Outlets

September 11, 2001, is one of the most solemn dates in American history. It's also been big business for photographers and their publishers who were shooting the ruins of the World Trade Center site on that day. This week, Fox News lost a bid to end a lawsuit over its use of one 9/11 photo while CBS Broadcasting, BBC Worldwide, A&E Television and other media outlets were hit with a separate lawsuit over use of a different 9/11 photo.

First, the lawsuit against Fox News.

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