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With the MPAA Watching, ITC Says Case About Teeth Won't Bring Down the Internet

With the MPAA Watching, ITC Says Case About Teeth Won't Bring Down the Internet

On Wednesday, the International Trade Commission delivered a 64-page brief to a federal appeals court in a dispute that may impact the future of global anti-piracy efforts, but what the U.S. government agency is downplaying as "a case about teeth... not a case that threatens to bring down the Internet."

Yes, teeth.

Specifically, the case is about patented orthodontic appliances and whether the ITC has the authority to ban the importation of a 3D print design.

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Jay Z's 'Big Pimpin' Puts Live Nation in Crosshairs of Lawsuit

Jay Z's 'Big Pimpin' Puts Live Nation in Crosshairs of Lawsuit

The marathon litigation over Jay Z's sampling of an old Egyptian tune for his blockbuster song "Big Pimpin' " took a new turn on Wednesday after the nephew of a deceased Egyptian composer filed a new copyright infringement lawsuit against Live Nation.

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ICM Partners, United Talent Agency Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit for Poaching Clients

ICM Partners, United Talent Agency Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit for Poaching Clients

Attempting against odds to make a federal case over client poaching, boutique talent agency Lenhoff & Lenhoff is now suing United Talent Agency and International Creative Management Partners for allegedly violating antitrust law.  In a lawsuit filed in California federal court on Feb. 13, Lenhoff & Lenhoff rejects the notion there's nothing to be done over a practice that's both common and long-standing in Hollywood.

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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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