When Pharrell Williams and Robin Thickebrought a lawsuit in August 2013 and demanded a judicial ruling that the monster hit "Blurred Lines" wasn't a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up," most observers took a listen of both songs to compare.
Performance rights organization SESAC and a group of local TV stations have asked a New York federal judge to move up a hearing that will likely mean the end of a long-running antitrust dispute.
In 2009, Meredith Corp. and Scripps Media brought a class action lawsuit that charged SESAC with unlawfully using its monopoly power to force TV stations into paying high fees to clear music in syndicated television shows.
The complaint used the Fox show, House, as an example.
For those who would give almost anything for a chance at superstardom, American Idol might be the entertainment industry's version of a Faustian bargain: Through 14 seasons, the very successful Fox show has exploited the fact that there are millions of singers who are willing to sign onerous deals for the chance to compete. But season 11 winner Phillip Phillips isn't going to let the deals he made as a precursor to his fame go unchallenged.
A veteran music manager was charged with four counts of violating the Talent Scam Prevention Act, city attorney Mike Feuer announced at a press conference in L.A. on Friday.
Debra Baum is accused of illegally charging over $100,000 for representation and other talent management services. If convicted, she could face up to two years in jail and $20,000 in fines. She's scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 5.
All the leading providers of streaming music are now in the scorching hot legal zone involving pre-1972 music, after seven lawsuits were filed on Thursday against Apple's Beat Electronics, Sony Entertainment, Google, Rdio, Songza, Slacker and Escape Media Group (operator of Grooveshark). (Update: Dismissals, see note at bottom.)
The proposed class actions are being led in California federal court by Zenbu Magazines, which says it owns older sound recordings created by The Flying Burrito Brothers, Hot Tuna and New Riders of the Purple Sage.
Six months after Lionsgate got a shock when TheExpendables3 leaked online in advance of its theatrical debut, the film company continues its battle to punish those who distributed the Sylvester Stallone action film without license and against warnings.
An image of Richard Pryor superimposed with the word "swag" has earned a T-shirt designer a lawsuit from the comedian's widow.
In a concise 6-page complaint, Jennifer Lee Pryor claims that the online-based FretShirt has infringed her rights to the likeness of her late husband, an Emmy and Grammy award winner, a recipient of the Kennedy Center's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor and widely considered one of the greatest stand-up comedians ever.
Divorces in the entertainment industry are increasingly developing into unusual intellectual property battles.
The latest is a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by Audrey Dunham, a fitness model who in 2012 married ventriloquist, producer and stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham.Before the marriage, she had the maiden name of Audrey Murdick, while Jeff was married to another woman named Paige Dunham.
According to a survey of 2,000 adults by the Center of Digital Democracy, 82 percent agree with the proposition that before advertisers put tracking software on a child's computer, advertisers should receive the parent's permission.