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JAN
21
7 DAYS

Richard Pryor's Widow Sues Over "Swag" T-Shirt

Richard Pryor's Widow Sues Over "Swag" T-Shirt

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.

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JAN
21
7 DAYS

Jeff Dunham's New Wife Sues Old Wife in Bizarre Cyberpiracy Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Jeff Dunham's New Wife Sues Old Wife in Bizarre Cyberpiracy Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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.

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JAN
21
1 week

Viacom Beats Privacy Lawsuit Targeting Disclosures of Kids' Video Viewing History

Viacom Beats Privacy Lawsuit Targeting Disclosures of Kids' Video Viewing History

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.

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JAN
20
1 week

Here's the Ruling in Fox's Lawsuit Over Dish Network's Time and Place Shifting Technology

Here's the Ruling in Fox's Lawsuit Over Dish Network's Time and Place Shifting Technology

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.

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JAN
19
1 week

How 'American Sniper' Could Complicate the Murder Trial of Chris Kyle's Killer

How 'American Sniper' Could Complicate the Murder Trial of Chris Kyle's Killer

Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated American Sniper set off a $105 million box-office frenzy this weekend with potential ramifications in a capital murder case.

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JAN
16
2 WKS

Fox, Dish Agree to Pause Litigation Over Ad-Skipping DVR (Exclusive)

Fox, Dish Agree to Pause Litigation Over Ad-Skipping DVR (Exclusive)

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."

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JAN
15
2 WKS

Anthony Pellicano Discusses Michael Ovitz Deposition in Court

Anthony Pellicano Discusses Michael Ovitz Deposition in Court

Anthony Pellicano spoke by phone from prison in court on Wednesday. The conference offered more questions than answers regarding the next steps in the legal saga that has surrounded his activities for more than a decade.

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JAN
15
2 WKS

Disney Can't Be Forced Into Licensing 'Star Wars' Flying Car

Disney Can't Be Forced Into Licensing 'Star Wars' Flying Car

The Walt Disney Co. will no longer have to face a lawsuit over a man's ambitious plan to launch a flying car after a Delaware court held that although the idea to market a technology showcased in Star Wars might be brilliant, the plaintiff hasn't come up with a suitable legal theory to hold Disney responsible for failing to see the opportunity at its doorstep.

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JAN
15
2 WKS

Major League Baseball Scores Antitrust Victory at Appeals Court

Major League Baseball Scores Antitrust Victory at Appeals Court

Major League Baseball got the ruling it was hoping for on Thursday when the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that its exemption from antitrust laws goes beyond labor matters.

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JAN
15
2 WKS

'Hurt Locker' Producer Nicolas Chartier on His Anti-Piracy Crusade and Why Union Workers Need Less Pay

'Hurt Locker' Producer Nicolas Chartier on His Anti-Piracy Crusade and Why Union Workers Need Less Pay

This story first appeared in the Jan. 23 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

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JAN
14
2 WKS

Hollywood Law Hires: Fullscreen Expands Legal Team, A+E Senior Counsel Exits

Hollywood Law Hires: Fullscreen Expands Legal Team, A+E Senior Counsel Exits

Fullscreen, the YouTube network bought in September by Peter Chernin and AT&T, has expanded its legal team.

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JAN
14
2 WKS

Man Suing Over 'Citizenfour' Looks to Drag U.S. Into Edward Snowden Leaks Lawsuit

Horace Edwards, the retired naval officer who last month sued the makers and distributors of Citizenfour, has filed an amended complaint that names the "United States of America" as a putative involuntary plaintiff.

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JAN
13
2 WKS

Hollywood Sex Abuse Accuser Arraigned on Federal Fraud Charges

Hollywood Sex Abuse Accuser Arraigned on Federal Fraud Charges

Michael Egan — who sued X-Men director Bryan Singer and three others last April for teen sex abuse, only to drop his suits within months in the face of his own contradictory sworn statements — was arraigned Tuesday in North Carolina on federal securities fraud and wire fraud charges.

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JAN
13
2 WKS

Appeals Court Affirms David Bergstein's Removal From Pangea Media Group

Appeals Court Affirms David Bergstein's Removal From Pangea Media Group

On Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals weighed in on the lengthy legal battle over companies formerly run by David Bergstein. The appeals circuit rules that a bankruptcy court acted within its discretion to remove the film producer as manager of Pangea Media Group and place the company into bankruptcy proceedings.

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