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Marvel Urges Supreme Court to Deny Review of Superhero Rights Dispute

Marvel Urges Supreme Court to Deny Review of Superhero Rights Dispute

With potentially billions of dollars at stake, Marvel told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to review Lisa Kirby v. Marvel Characters, concerning whether the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby can terminate a copyright grant on such creations as Spider-Man, X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and The Mighty Thor.

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JUL
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Fox Loses Latest Bid to Halt Dish's Place-Shifting Technology

Fox Loses Latest Bid to Halt Dish's Place-Shifting Technology

Fox Broadcasting has lost again in its attempt to stop Dish's Hopper with Sling, also known as "Dish Anywhere." On Monday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a district court didn't abuse discretion by denying Fox's motion for a preliminary injunction.

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Frank Darabont's 'Walking Dead' Lawsuit: About More Than Zombies, but How Much More?

Frank Darabont's 'Walking Dead' Lawsuit: About More Than Zombies, but How Much More?

When Frank Darabont and his CAA agents sued AMC last December, the litigation was destined to explore more than the fired Walking Dead creator's claim of being owed tens of millions of dollars in profits from the mega-successful zombie series.

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JUL
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Golden Globes Players Settle Long-Running Legal War (Exclusive)

Golden Globes Players Settle Long-Running Legal War (Exclusive)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Dick Clark Productions have settled the bitter legal battle over who controls rights to produce the Golden Globe Awards. 

As a result of the deal, which was confirmed by the HFPA and DCP on Monday after THR first reported the settlement, the awards show remains on NBC through at least 2018, with DCP as producer.

HFPA president Theo Kingma said the contract with NBC, covering the next four Golden Globe shows, is unchanged. That deal pays an average of $21.5 million for each show. 

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JUL
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Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Deadly Crash

Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Deadly Crash

Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart over a New Jersey Turnpike accident that left one person dead and several people hospitalized, including the 30 Rock actor.

Walmart driver Kevin Roper allegedly plowed into a limousine van carrying Morgan on June 7. Morgan and others injured in the accident allege negligence on Walmart's part in a lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

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Hollywood Docket: 'Blurred Lines'; Bob Marley; TV Stunt Accident

Hollywood Docket: 'Blurred Lines'; Bob Marley; TV Stunt Accident

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will be getting potentially key evidence in their efforts to show that last year's summer mega-hit, "Blurred Lines," is not a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got To Give It Up."

On Thursday, a California federal judge ordered the Gaye family to produce any documents relating to a musicologist retained by EMI who came to the conclusion that Gaye's song wasn't infringed.

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JUL
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'Innocence of Muslims': Appeals Court Amends Controversial Ruling

'Innocence of Muslims': Appeals Court Amends Controversial Ruling

On Friday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals readdressed Garcia v. Google, its controversial ruling in February that held that Innocence of Muslims actress Cindy Lee Garcia could assert a copyright interest in her performance in the film and ordered Google to remove the inflammatory anti-Islamic film from YouTube.

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JUL
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David Hasselhoff, Nat Geo Sued Over Berlin Wall Documentary

David Hasselhoff, Nat Geo Sued Over Berlin Wall Documentary

Update: David Hasselhoff and manager Eric Gardner have released statements to The Hollywood Reporter regarding the suit. Read them at the bottom of the post.

David Hasselhoff is being sued for appearing in one too many Berlin Wall documentaries.

Hasselhoff allegedly agreed to tell his story for one documentary — and later signed on for a National Geographic Channel documentary with a similar theme, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

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Aereo Lays Out New Survival Strategy in Letter to Judge

Aereo Lays Out New Survival Strategy in Letter to Judge

The Supreme Court has handed down its big decision on the legality of Aereo, but that doesn't mean that the fussing is over. In fact, in a letter Wednesday to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, the upstart tech company hints at a new plan.

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NBC 'Dateline' Defamation Lawsuit Revived by Appeals Court

NBC 'Dateline' Defamation Lawsuit Revived by Appeals Court

On Wednesday, the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a judge had too quickly dismissed an insurance broker's defamation lawsuit against NBCUniversal, reporter Chris Hansen and others over a 2008 Dateline segment titled "Tricks of the Trade."

"This case is anything but normal," writes Circuit Judge Terrence O'Brien.

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JUL
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Jay Z Faces Sound Engineer's Bold Claim Over Song Rights

Jay Z Faces Sound Engineer's Bold Claim Over Song Rights

After being accused by Jay Z of stealing master recordings of seminal work, Chauncey Mahan has responded with a provocative lawsuit against the hip-hop star and Roc Nation.

LIST The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

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JUL
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John Wayne's Heirs Sue Duke University Over Trademark Rights to Alcohol (Exclusive)

John Wayne's Heirs Sue Duke University Over Trademark Rights to Alcohol (Exclusive)

John Wayne was known in his legendary Hollywood acting career as "The Duke," but his heirs are annoyed that a famous university located in North Carolina is getting in the way of "Duke" alcohol — specifically, bourbon.

LIST The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

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Insane Clown Posse Appeals Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Justice Department

Insane Clown Posse Appeals Dismissal of Lawsuit Against Justice Department

On Tuesday, the Insane Clown Posse and four of their "Juggalo" fans asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review a judge's ruling late last month rejecting the hip-hop group's lawsuit against the Justice Department.

LIST The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films

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JUL
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NFL Concussion Settlement Gets Preliminary Approval

NFL Concussion Settlement Gets Preliminary Approval

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody has given her tentative nod to a settlement covering some 5,000 former professional football players who allege that the league concealed the risks of head injuries.

Preliminary approval of the deal follows the federal judge's rejection last year of a $765 million settlement. At the time, despite the sides believing that the amount would be enough, the judge expressed her concern that it might be inadequate to cover those who qualified for payments.

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