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DEC
9
2 WKS

Oh, Yes, Jay Z Has Lawsuit Over One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

Oh, Yes, Jay Z Has Lawsuit Over One-Syllable Sample Run Out of Town

When it comes to unlicensed samples, New York federal judge Lewis Kaplan has limits. On Monday, he dismissed TufAmerica's lawsuit claiming that Jay Z and his record companies violated copyright by sampling an "oh" on the song, "Run This Town," released on the album The Blueprint 3.

Yes, that's right. One syllable.

The plaintiff alleged that the "oh" came from an older sound recording entitled "Hook & Sling Part 1."

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DEC
8
2 WKS

SAG-AFTRA Board Approves Netcode Deal

SAG-AFTRA Board Approves Netcode Deal

The SAG-AFTRA board has approved an agreement previously reached with broadcast television networks and producers for a renewal of the Network Television Code (Netcode) pact.

The contract, which was approved with 93 percent of the board voting in favor of sending it on to union members for ratification, covers syndicated dramatic programs, daytime serials (soap operas), promotional announcements, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports and other non-dramatic programs.

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DEC
8
2 WKS

Actors Guild Gets Behind Copyrights for Some Performers

Actors Guild Gets Behind Copyrights for Some Performers

It's been a pretty lonely year for Cindy Lee Garcia, the actress who got death threats for her role in Innocence of Muslims before suing Google for not abiding by her takedown notice.

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DEC
8
2 WKS

Creedence Clearwater Members Sue John Fogerty Over Use of Band's Name

Creedence Clearwater Members Sue John Fogerty Over Use of Band's Name

A long-festering dispute over who gets to use the name of the popular 1960s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival has done a 180 with lead singer John Fogerty now on the answering end of a lawsuit that claims he violated trademarks by recently using the band name.

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DEC
6
2 WKS

Lawsuit: Film School Misrepresents Hollywood Connections, Underserves Educational Needs

Lawsuit: Film School Misrepresents Hollywood Connections, Underserves Educational Needs

The New York Film Academy, an institution that prides itself on hands-on learning and lots of celebrity connections, is facing a lawsuit from a former student who asserts that not only did the school fail to deliver what was represented to him when he enrolled, but that the school took active steps to discourage students from working with him after he left and set up a studio.

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DEC
5
2 WKS

'Midnight Rider': Hearing on Train Video Set for Next Week

'Midnight Rider': Hearing on Train Video Set for Next Week

It looks like there will be a quick resolution to the fight over whether to maintain public access to videos and photographs of the train accident that killed Sarah Jones during production of the film Midnight Rider in February. That’s because a Georgia state judge on Friday set an emergency hearing for next Friday, Dec.

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DEC
4
2 WKS

Jay Penske's Legal War With Variety's Former Owner Heats Up

Jay Penske's Legal War With Variety's Former Owner Heats Up

The book on Jay Penske's purchase of Variety in 2012 isn't quite finished yet. In the ongoing legal war between Penske's outfit Variety Media LLC and Reed Elsevier, former owner of the entertainment trade publication, both sides are bringing new claims. Reed now asserts that nearly $1.8 million is owed by Penske, who in turn is adding a new fraud charge over the sale of the publication and some of the confusion that followed soon thereafter.

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DEC
4
2 WKS

Bill Cosby's Lawyer Fires Back at Accuser Lawsuit, Demands Sanctions

Bill Cosby's Lawyer Fires Back at Accuser Lawsuit, Demands Sanctions

Bill Cosby’s attorney Marty Singer has hit back at the lawsuit filed on Tuesday against the embattled comedian. In motions filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Cosby’s lawyer argues that the lawsuit should be dismissed and monetary sanctions imposed against plaintiff Judy Huth and her attorney.

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DEC
3
2 WKS

Malicious Prosecution Claim Against Hollywood Sex Abuse Accuser Can Proceed, Says Judge

Malicious Prosecution Claim Against Hollywood Sex Abuse Accuser Can Proceed, Says Judge

The malicious prosecution claim that television executive Garth Ancier filed against Hollywood sex abuse accuser Michael Egan and his former attorneys can proceed to a jury trial, a Hawaii federal judge ruled Wednesday, dismissing a motion brought by Egan's former attorney Jeff Herman that sought to end the case.

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DEC
3
2 WKS

Comcast Accuses Netflix of Manipulating Regulators' Review of TWC Merger

Comcast Accuses Netflix of Manipulating Regulators' Review of TWC Merger

Earlier this year, just days after Comcast announced a $45 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable, Netflix came to an agreement to get direct access to Comcast's broadband network to improve streaming speeds. That interconnect deal has been tremendously controversial — mixed up in the whole debate over net neutrality and a focus in regulators' review of the Comcast-TWC marriage.

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DEC
2
3 WKS

Hollywood Docket: 'Happy Birthday' Lawsuit; 'Hogan's Heroes' Settlement; Apple iPod Trial

Hollywood Docket: 'Happy Birthday' Lawsuit; 'Hogan's Heroes' Settlement; Apple iPod Trial

The filmmakers challenging the validity of the "Happy Birthday" copyright are about to get a key ruling.

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DEC
2
3 WKS

Tracy Morgan's Lawyers Warn That America's Roadways Are In "Great Danger"

Tracy Morgan's Lawyers Warn That America's Roadways Are In "Great Danger"

Attorneys for Tracy Morgan, seriously injured in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike this past June, are accusing Walmart of using the truck driver at the center of the accident to block a speedy resolution to the actor's lawsuit. The ramifications of allowing that to happen, they tell a judge, could be quite serious.

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DEC
1
3 WKS

'Midnight Rider': Sarah Jones' Family Fights to Keep Train Video Public

'Midnight Rider': Sarah Jones' Family Fights to Keep Train Video Public

In a strongly worded brief filed Monday in Georgia state court, lawyers for the parents of Sarah Jones sought to maintain public access to videos and photographs of the train accident that killed their daughter during production of the film Midnight Rider in February, and to preserve the right of the lawyers and parties in the case to speak to the media.

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DEC
1
3 WKS

Supreme Court Chief Justice Quotes Eminem in Weighing What's a 'True Threat' Online

Supreme Court Chief Justice Quotes Eminem in Weighing What's a 'True Threat' Online

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court delved into modern times by looking at social media, rap music and how to balance an individual's freedom to shoot from the hip with society's interest in protecting against those who would cause fear and disruption. Anyone betting that Eminem would be the rapper to be mentioned today at the high court is a little richer.

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