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MAR
20
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Fox News Wants Appeals Court to Examine Transformational Value of Social Media

Fox News Wants Appeals Court to Examine Transformational Value of Social Media

On Thursday, Fox News requested a federal judge's permission for an interlocutory appeal in a dispute concerning how it used a 9/11 photograph on Facebook. If given the green light, the cable news network would be leading an attempt to allow social media users expansive fair use to copyrighted works.

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MAR
20
1 week

CBS Sued Over 'Hawaii Five-O' Theme by Composer's Family

CBS Sued Over 'Hawaii Five-O' Theme by Composer's Family

Who knows whether U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg watches Hawaii Five-0, but thanks to something she wrote last year, the theme song may have to change.

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MAR
19
1 week

Universal Music Countersued In Battle Over In-Flight Music

Universal Music Countersued In Battle Over In-Flight Music

In 2014 Universal became the second major label, after Sony, to battle airlines' rights to in-flight music. The recording giant filed suit that September over the use of music and videos by Taylor Swift, Weezer, Kanye West and other artists.

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MAR
19
2 WKS

Challenge to California's Talent Agent Licensing Law Revived by Appeals Court

Challenge to California's Talent Agent Licensing Law Revived by Appeals Court

Hollywood talent managers had reason to celebrate on Thursday as the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has vacated a ruling dismissing a challenge to the Talent Agencies Act, the California law that says only licensed talent agents can procure employment for clients.

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MAR
19
2 WKS

Universal Music Settling Big Class Action Lawsuit Over Digital Royalties (Exclusive)

Universal Music Settling Big Class Action Lawsuit Over Digital Royalties (Exclusive)

An important chapter in the legal history of the music business may be coming to conclusion soon as Universal Music Group is close to submitting a settlement resolving claims that it cheated recording artists of royalties from digital downloads.

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MAR
19
2 WKS

Hollywood Docket: Drake Concert Film; FX's 'Archer' Paintings; 'Twilight' Parody

Hollywood Docket: Drake Concert Film; FX's 'Archer' Paintings; 'Twilight' Parody

Hip-hop star Drake committed trade libel by disavowing a concert film as "unauthorized," alleges a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday.

SpectiCast, the plaintiff, is a provider of content through theatrical and video-on-demand services. According to the lawsuit, SpectiCast was granted rights to a May, 2009 "Homecoming" concert by Drake in Toronto, Canada. Before the concert, the musician entered into a performance agreement that guaranteed him 15 percent of the profits from a recording.

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MAR
18
2 WKS

Janis Joplin Biopic Producers Sue to Halt Development (Exclusive)

Janis Joplin Biopic Producers Sue to Halt Development (Exclusive)

The Janis Joplin biopic set to star Amy Adams has been in development for years. Now a new lawsuit aims to stop that development, at least temporarily.

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MAR
18
2 WKS

Why Robert Durst's TV Confession May Be Admissible at Trial (Guest Column)

Why Robert Durst's TV Confession May Be Admissible at Trial (Guest Column)

"What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course."

With this bombshell "confession" — muttered by Robert Durst to himself during a bathroom break at the conclusion of his interview with filmmaker Andrew Jarecki — HBO's riveting documentary The Jinx came to a close on Sunday evening. Two days later, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office charged Durst with first-degree murder in connection with the 2000 gangland-style murder of his friend Susan Berman.

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MAR
18
2 WKS

Marvin Gaye Family Wants 'Blurred Lines' Judge to Punish Record Labels, T.I.

Marvin Gaye Family Wants 'Blurred Lines' Judge to Punish Record Labels, T.I.

If a jury's decision to award $7.4 million in profits and damages to Marvin Gaye's family represents the "bottom of the sixth" as an attorney for Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke says, the game continued on Tuesday night with new motions for the "Blurred Lines" judge to consider.

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MAR
17
2 WKS

Sony Music Fails to Eliminate 'American Idol' Revenue Lawsuit

Sony Music Fails to Eliminate 'American Idol' Revenue Lawsuit

The latest ruling in an American Idol-affiliated record company's clash with Sony is a lot like an episode of the singing competition show. Some claims were eliminated. Some weren't.

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MAR
17
2 WKS

MGM Swings for Knockout in 'Raging Bull' Lawsuit

MGM Swings for Knockout in 'Raging Bull' Lawsuit

On Monday, MGM was back in the squared ring of a courtroom with Paula Petrella, whose father wrote works that partly became the basis for Martin Scorsese Raging Bull.

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MAR
17
2 WKS

Ted Field's Record Company Hit With Second Lawsuit Over Investment

Ted Field's Record Company Hit With Second Lawsuit Over Investment

Trauma Records was once home to artists including No Doubt and Bush. It even released Shaquille O’Neal's hip-hop albums. But following a litigious split with Interscope in 1997, the label folded.

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MAR
16
2 WKS

Dish, Chinese Broadcasters Sue Streaming Service for Piracy

Dish is turning East to fight alleged piracy.

The satellite broadcaster filed suit Friday claiming copyright infringement by a group of Chinese companies that produces the set-top TV unit TVpad. The unit gives users access to hundreds of programs produced by China Central Television and Hong Kong’s Television Broadcasts Limited, some of which Dish distributes in the U.S.

But they're streaming illegally, claim Dish and the Chinese broadcasters.

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MAR
16
2 WKS

Lincoln Bandlow, David Aronoff Jump to Fox Rothschild

Lincoln Bandlow, David Aronoff Jump to Fox Rothschild

Lincoln Bandlow and David Aronoff have switched firms.

They'll be partners in Fox Rothschild's entertainment practice, working from the firm's Los Angeles office in Century City. They've left from Lathrop & Gage, where both were partners.

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