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Sony Demands Dismissal of Hack Lawsuits From Ex-Employees (Exclusive)

Sony Demands Dismissal of Hack Lawsuits From Ex-Employees (Exclusive)

On Monday, Sony Pictures offered its first substantive response to the many lawsuits that have been filed by former employees in the wake of a large-scale hack.

Facing eight proposed class action lawsuits aiming to inspect the security measures it took in advance of the hack, Sony has filed motions to dismiss in each of them. According to Sony's papers, the defendants can't support their various claims because they haven't alleged any concrete injury.

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Former MTV Star Drops Legal Claim Against Sumner Redstone's Girlfriend (Exclusive)

Former MTV Star Drops Legal Claim Against Sumner Redstone's Girlfriend (Exclusive)

Sumner Redstone and his Viacom unit have one less problem after Electric Barbarellas star Heather Naylor withdrew a claim on Monday that Sydney Holland, the 43-year-old girlfriend of the 91-year-old mogul, interfered with the aborted MTV series.

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Will Spying TVs Be the Next Frontier in a War Between Good and Evil Hackers?

Will Spying TVs Be the Next Frontier in a War Between Good and Evil Hackers?

There were a lot of people watching the series debut of Better Call Saul on Sunday, so here's a tough question: How many of those television sets were tuning in to spy on their viewers? If TV countersurveillance is actually a thing, what role will hackers play?

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Hollywood Docket: Michael Jackson's Ex-Manager Revives Neverland Ranch Dispute

Hollywood Docket: Michael Jackson's Ex-Manager Revives Neverland Ranch Dispute

The legal conflict between Michael Jackson's estate and his former manager Tohme Tohme will return to court following a judge’s decision to partially end a two-year stay on the case.

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Village People Trial Begins: Who Wrote 'Y.M.C.A.'?

Village People Trial Begins: Who Wrote 'Y.M.C.A.'?

It's been a long time since The Village People were in the limelight, but on Monday, a trial opens to determine who wrote 24 of the group's songs, including "Y.M.C.A."

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'Blurred Lines' Trial Moving Forward After Judge Rejects Appeal Bid

'Blurred Lines' Trial Moving Forward After Judge Rejects Appeal Bid

Nearly two years after "Blurred Lines" became an international smash, a high-profile trial will begin to determine whether the song is a copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Lubricant Claimed Ineffective In Class-Action Lawsuit

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Lubricant Claimed Ineffective In Class-Action Lawsuit

A California woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against author EL James and a British erotic toy company over Fifty Shades of Grey sex lubricant. Her complaint? It didn't work.

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Congressman Calls for Tech Neutrality at Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon

Congressman Calls for Tech Neutrality at Entertainment Law Initiative Luncheon

It was a packed house at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica on Friday morning for the 17th annual Entertainment Law Initiative luncheon.

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Appeals Court Hears the Scary Things That Can Happen to Actors Who Lie to IMDb

Appeals Court Hears the Scary Things That Can Happen to Actors Who Lie to IMDb

On Friday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals considered actress Huong Hoang's attempt to revive a lawsuit against IMDb for revealing her age, and while the case has touched upon the ramifications of growing old in an entertainment industry that values youth, today's hearing was more focused on the privacy consequences of lying to online service providers.

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Brett Ratner Sues to Protect His New Business From Bourbon Maker's Threats

Brett Ratner Sues to Protect His New Business From Bourbon Maker's Threats

X-Men: The Last Stand director Brett Ratner has a plan to bring some Hollywood to the lucrative business of high-end whiskey. But first, he's got to take care of a Kentucky-based bourbon maker wishing to empty his cup.

On Thursday, Ratner filed a lawsuit in California federal court against Heaven Hill Distilleries.

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Why Taylor Swift May Soon Be Able to Stop Cover Songs on Spotify Too

Why Taylor Swift May Soon Be Able to Stop Cover Songs on Spotify Too

On Thursday morning, the U.S. Copyright Office released a 245-page review of the music licensing regime with some bold proposals. It's not beach reading season, though, so it's understandable why the tome hasn't triggered a mass frenzy just yet. But wait!

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Big Shake-Up to Music Licensing Regime Embraced by U.S. Copyright Office

Big Shake-Up to Music Licensing Regime Embraced by U.S. Copyright Office

In a 245-page report issued on Thursday, the U.S. Copyright Office is throwing its weight behind what would be the most radical changes to how music is licensed in nearly a half century.

Many of the copyright laws governing music were first erected at the time that player pianos became popular and have developed through the advent of radio, new recording devices and, most recently, digital networks. Maria Pallante, director of the Copyright Office, believes the law is behind the times.

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Judge Revives 'Zorro' Rights Fight After Reconsidering Earlier Ruling (Exclusive)

Judge Revives 'Zorro' Rights Fight After Reconsidering Earlier Ruling (Exclusive)

A lawsuit that could free the masked avenger character Zorro from the intellectual property grip of Zorro Productions Inc. (ZPI), and by extension Sony Pictures Entertainment, is back on after a federal judge on Tuesday changed his mind on dismissing it. The reinstated case, now being transferred from Washington to California, could impact Sony's plans to re-ignite the franchise.

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'Idol' Lawsuit Sparks Debate: Should Agents Still Be Licensed?

'Idol' Lawsuit Sparks Debate: Should Agents Still Be Licensed?

This story first appeared in the Feb. 13 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

American Idol winner Phillip Phillips is no prostitute, but when he filed a petition with the California Labor Commissioner on Jan. 22 to free himself from an "onerous" management contract, he cited a law that traces to a century-old effort to stop "agents" from sending young women into whorehouses.

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