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CBS Sued Over 'NCIS' Farting Hippo Puppet

CBS Sued Over 'NCIS' Farting Hippo Puppet

CBS Broadcasting is alleged to have violated copyright by selling a farting hippo puppet featured on more than a dozen episodes of NCIS.

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Marlon Wayans Tweet Is at Center of Lawsuit

Marlon Wayans Tweet Is at Center of Lawsuit

Just how much legal trouble can one tweet cause? Marlon Wayans is finding out in a new lawsuit brought by an actor who says he was hired for the upcoming film Haunted House 2.

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'Raging Bull' Dispute Rages Past Appellate Rulings

'Raging Bull' Dispute Rages Past Appellate Rulings

The next chapter in a very old legal fight over the Martin Scorsese-directed Raging Bull will be written soon enough, and on Friday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals provided a preamble of sorts.

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CBS Station's Identity Mistake Won't Result in Defamation

CBS Broadcasting has prevailed in a lawsuit involving a Pittsburgh affiliate's bad error to show Christopher William Ghrist as the guy who was arrested on drug charges and other offenses.

In truth, it was Christopher Wayne Ghrist who was arrested, then escaped custody, triggering a manhunt, where he was captured by police with a loaded firearm.

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M.I.A. Resolves NFL's War Over Super Bowl Middle Finger

M.I.A. Resolves NFL's War Over Super Bowl Middle Finger

After more than three years, a dispute over M.I.A.'s halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI has been resolved.

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Appeals Court Denies Aereo's Request for New Hearing

Appeals Court Denies Aereo's Request for New Hearing

Aereo is officially on the ground floor again.

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Joshua Grode Hired at Irell & Manella to Co-Chair Transactions Group

Joshua Grode Hired at Irell & Manella to Co-Chair Transactions Group

Corporate media attorney Joshua Grode has been hired as transactions group co-chair and partner at Irell & Manella.

Grode, who has been a Hollywood Reporter Power Lawyer every year since 2007, joined the firm from Liner LLP, where he was a partner. He will co-chair Irell's transactions group with current chair Gregory Klein.

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Al Gore Claims Al Jazeera Is Using His Money to 'Buy Favor With Its Distributors'

Al Gore Claims Al Jazeera Is Using His Money to 'Buy Favor With Its Distributors'

Last week, Al Gore and Joel Hyatt filed a lawsuit against Al Jazeera for withholding $65 million in escrow from the $500 million purchase of Current TV.

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Hollywood Docket: Street Art, Folk Songs and Cryptocurrency

Hollywood Docket: Street Art, Folk Songs and Cryptocurrency

From street art to cryptocurrency, here are some things heating up the court docket in the entertainment industry:

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'Criminal Minds' Actor Thomas Gibson Sued Over Manager's Commissions

'Criminal Minds' Actor Thomas Gibson Sued Over Manager's Commissions

Frontline Entertainment Management is taking Criminal Minds actor Thomas Gibson to court over money allegedly owed to the firm's Craig Dorfman.

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BET Wins Legal War Over Fan's Facebook Page (Exclusive)

BET Wins Legal War Over Fan's Facebook Page (Exclusive)

A Florida federal judge made social media history on Wednesday, determining that the woman who created a Facebook page for TV series The Game can't establish she owns a property interest in some 6.2 million likes she amassed.

Stacey Mattocks, an insurance agent, is credited with helping to revive the show about the lives of professional football players and their significant others. Following its cancellation in 2009 by The CW, Mattocks started a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter, and eventually, the show landed at BET.

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"A Mural Painted by an Elephant," and Other Things That Can't Be Copyrighted

"A Mural Painted by an Elephant," and Other Things That Can't Be Copyrighted

Maria Pallante, a Homo Sapiens and the United States Register of Copyrights, has released a public draft of the Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices, the first major revision in more than two decades.

It's 1,222 pages of pure beach reading, and in four months' time, these administrative practices take effect.

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Shakira's Illegally Copied Song Puts Sony on Hook for Damages

Shakira's Illegally Copied Song Puts Sony on Hook for Damages

On Tuesday, after conducting a bench trial, a New York federal judge concluded that a subsidiary of Sony Music was liable for copyright infringement for Colombian superstar Shakira's "Loca" from her 2010 album, Sale el Sol.

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Adam Carolla Faces September Trial Over Podcast Business

Adam Carolla Faces September Trial Over Podcast Business

Anyone who have read news that Adam Carolla recently settled a lawsuit over his podcasting enterprise might think the headline above is inaccurate. It's not.

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