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 2000 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.
Fox Broadcasting and Dish Network are optimistic about a settlement in the nearly three-year-old lawsuit over the satcaster's DVR technologies, but U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee has decided that it would be best to release the 63-page summary judgment that she issued under seal on Jan. 12.
With about a month to go until a trial, Fox Broadcasting and Dish Network have requested that a California federal judge pause litigation over the controversial ad-skipping DVR service known as AutoHop or the Hopper until late October, when a retransmission consent agreement between the parties is set to expire.
In a court document filed on Thursday, the parties say that they believe "it is highly likely that the negotiation later this year of a renewal of their 2010 agreement will result in resolution of this lawsuit."