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JUN
27
4 WKS

Michael Jackson Documentary Featuring 'Private' Footage Triggers Lawsuit (Exclusive)

Michael Jackson Documentary Featuring 'Private' Footage Triggers Lawsuit (Exclusive)

The production company behind Michael Jackson: The Last Photo Shoot has filed a lawsuit against the executors of the late singer's estate.

At the center of this dispute is never-before-seen footage taken of Jackson in 2007, two years before he died.

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JUN
27
4 WKS

Fox and Dish Debate What Aereo Ruling Means for Place-Shifting Technology

Fox and Dish Debate What Aereo Ruling Means for Place-Shifting Technology

Any Supreme Court opinion is important. But maybe just as consequential are the interpretations from movers and shakers.

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JUN
26
4 WKS

Aereo Ruling: The Winners and Losers (Analysis)

Aereo Ruling: The Winners and Losers (Analysis)

When The Hollywood Reporter spoke to experts before the Supreme Court's Aereo argument two months ago, they predicted a tough fight for Aereo, but also that the case was so complex legally that the result could be as lopsided as 8-1 in either direction.

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JUN
26
4 WKS

MGM Doesn't Think Its James Bond Lawsuit Over 'Section 6' Is Hasty

MGM and Danjaq, rights-holders of the James Bond franchise, are looking to shield a lawsuit from a motion to kill.

The plaintiffs are suing Universal Pictures and screenwriter Aaron Berg over an alleged Bond film knockoff, but Universal argues that the spy flick Section 6 remains unproduced and hardly a firm go, and as such, tells the judge that the lawsuit is a "patent waste of resources."

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JUN
26
4 WKS

Sony Music Argues Copyright Claims Fly Against United Airlines Contractor

Sony Music Argues Copyright Claims Fly Against United Airlines Contractor

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court looked down on Aereo's system of capturing over-the-air television programming and relaying those copyrighted works to digital devices. It's now time to look higher — thousands of feet above terrestrial signals to what's happening on airlines traveling internationally.

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JUN
26
4 WKS

Halle Berry Lawsuit: Any Such Thing as a Free Celebrity Gift?

Halle Berry Lawsuit: Any Such Thing as a Free Celebrity Gift?

A lawsuit brought by Halle Berry is now wading into the topic of celebrities being gifted luxury items. Surely, most people would love to get their hands on designer clothing, expensive electronics and other goods for no cost, but maybe such things are not free after all.

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JUN
25
4 WKS

Justin Bieber Sued Over 2013 Sunset Strip Ferrari Accident

Justin Bieber Sued Over 2013 Sunset Strip Ferrari Accident

Justin Bieber is being sued for allegedly striking a pedestrian with his Ferrari as he left the Laugh Factory on Sunset Strip in West Hollywood a year ago.

PHOTOS Justin Bieber Turns 20: The Superstar's Life and Career in Pictures

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JUN
25
4 WKS

NFL Revises Concussion Settlement: No Cap on Head Injury Fund

NFL Revises Concussion Settlement: No Cap on Head Injury Fund

The National Football League has used another off-season to attempt to limit the impact of concussion litigation from former players. On Wednesday, a deal was announced to revise a settlement made last year with some 5,000 ex-players who allege that the league concealed the risks of head injuries.

In January, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody rejected a proposed $765 million settlement that included most of the money going to compensate the victims of cognitive injuries, with the rest headed for research and class notices. The federal judge noted at the time that a fund set up might "lack the necessary funds" to deliver what was needed to those who qualified for payments.

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JUN
25
4 WKS

Supreme Court Hands Broadcasters Huge Win in Aereo Battle

Supreme Court Hands Broadcasters Huge Win in Aereo Battle

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled in favor of TV broadcasters against Aereo. In a 6-3 decision, the high court, led by Justice Stephen Breyer determined that Aereo publicly performs copyrighted work and has reversed the 2nd Circuit holding. The case has now been remanded, where the broadcasters look primed to score an injunction that will shut down the service.

According to Breyer's opinion, the "behind-the-scenes technological differences do not distinguish Aereo's system from cable systems, which do publicly perform."

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JUN
25
4 WKS

Sumner Redstone Legal Turmoil: Fighting Women, Lie-Detector Tests, Stolen Laptop With 'Private' Photos

Sumner Redstone Legal Turmoil: Fighting Women, Lie-Detector Tests, Stolen Laptop With 'Private' Photos

This story first appeared in the July 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

Sumner Redstone's business decisions and private life have been dragged into a heated legal war that pits his live-in companion against the star of a controversial MTV reality series. Now the star's lawyer is probing highly personal details about the Viacom and CBS executive chairman.

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JUN
24
4 WKS

Starz Taps David Weil to Head Business and Legal Affairs

Starz Taps David Weil to Head Business and Legal Affairs

David Weil is adding Starz to his resume.

The hire was announced Tuesday by CEO Chris Albrecht, to whom Weil will report.

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JUN
24
4 WKS

Lawsuit Over BET Show Explores Monetary Value of 6 Million Facebook Likes

Lawsuit Over BET Show Explores Monetary Value of 6 Million Facebook Likes

Ten years after Facebook launched, what is the value of a page with six millions "Likes" on the social network? Ask one expert, he'll tell you it's worth millions of dollars. Ask another, he'll tell you practically nothing. Maybe that really says something about the value of experts.

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JUN
23
4 WKS

UTA Sues Poppy Montgomery for Failing to Pay Commissions

UTA Sues Poppy Montgomery for Failing to Pay Commissions

UTA is suing former client Poppy Montgomery for failing to pay the company commission after it negotiated a "lucrative deal" for her starring role in the CBS drama Unforgettable.

The talent agency filed a lawsuit with the Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday claiming that Montgomery, who had been its client since August 2010, has not paid her commission fees since the first season of the show, which debuted in September 2011.

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JUN
23
4 WKS

Hollywood Guilds Want Supreme Court to Hear Marvel Characters Dispute

Hollywood Guilds Want Supreme Court to Hear Marvel Characters Dispute

The bid by Jack Kirby's heirs to get the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal that could result in Marvel and other entertainment studios losing full control over Spider-Man, X-Men and Avengers characters continues to pick up steam. The latest is an amicus brief delivered by Hollywood guilds representing actors, directors and writers.

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