1. Michael Jackson Documentary Featuring 'Private' Footage Triggers Lawsuit

    June 28, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Craig Williams seeks to confirm his company has valid rights on unseen footage from a 2007 photo shoot. 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…

  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Josh Klinghoffer Premieres New LP From His Band Dot Hacker (Listen)

    June 27, 2014 10:32 AM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer steps from the sidelines to the frontman's role in Dot Hacker, a Los Angeles-based alt-rock band featuring a roster of distinguished members. Klinghoffer and his bandmates found time in their busy schedules to write and record the new…

  3. Michael Jackson 'Hologram' Show Triggers New Lawsuit

    June 20, 2014 4:32 AM EDT It's now been a month since a Michael Jackson recreation at the Billboard Music Awards earned heavy buzz. In the days leading up to the spectacle, Hologram USA, owned by firebrand entrepreneur Alki David, attempted to stop it by claiming it infringed patented hologram technology that…

  4. Steamy One Direction Fan Fiction Being Shopped to Hollywood

    June 13, 2014 12:57 PM EDT A 25-year-old Texan just landed a six-figure book deal for her wildly popular fan-fic starring Harry Styles and the boy band. What's next? If One Direction fan Anna Todd wrote her own lyrics to the group's hit "Story of My Life," it would sound like a fairytale. The…

  5. Ex-'American Idol' Contestant Corey Clark Loses $40M MTV Lawsuit

    May 26, 2014 3:20 AM EDT Corey Clark, who was disqualified as a contestant onAmerican Idol and later achieved notoriety for claiming to have had an affair with then-Idol judge Paula Abdul, has lost a $40 million defamation lawsuit against MTV and its parent company Viacom. He sued in July 2012 over various statements…

  6. Usher Gets Good News in 'Bad Girl' Dispute

    May 23, 2014 2:09 AM EDT Usher and others involved in the creation of the song "Bad Girl" have escaped a songwriter's copyright infringement claims. However, this might be one of those rare instances where news of a superstar singer's success takes a back seat to the misconduct of the lawyer who…

  7. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Face Royalties Claim From Beats Headphones Co-Founder

    May 21, 2014 9:00 AM EDT As the rumored marriage between Apple Computers and Beats Electronics remains stubbornly awaiting its "I do's," a royalty dispute that looks back at the beginning of the headphones giant is heating up. Last Friday, former hedge-fund manager Steven Lamar fired a legal salvo…

  8. Director of Nina Simone Film Sues Over Production Company's Hijacking

    May 15, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Cynthia Mort is taking legal action after being cut out of decision-making on a biopic about legendary jazz singer Nina Simone that she spent years trying to develop. Although Nina still is being credited to her, Mort is unhappy she's being associated with a movie starring Zoe Saldana…

  9. Courtney Love Ordered to Pay $96K in Twitter Defamation Case

    April 08, 2014 7:20 PM EDT Here's incontrovertible proof that Courtney Love is as unique as they come: On the same day that the singer got a victory in court by denying a new trial to one person she allegedly defamed on Twitter, a judge ordered her to pay nearly $96,000 to a second person she allegedly defamed on…

  10. Jennifer Lopez Bests Sean 'Puffy' Combs in Bid for Fuse TV (Sources)

    April 03, 2014 11:02 PM EDT UPDATE: SiTV Media, parent company to the NUVOtv channel, has acquired the Fuse Network, the Madison Square Garden Company announced Friday. Earlier story: Jennifer Lopez has bested her ex-boyfriend Sean “Puffy” Combs in the contest to acquire cable music channel Fuse TV, say sources…

  11. Notorious B.I.G. Estate Files Pre-Emptive Lawsuit Over Song Sample

    April 01, 2014 1:30 PM EDT With various musicians being sued left and right over decades-old sampling sins, one could hardly expect a recording artist who has been dead for 17 years to be given a pass. Now, the estate of Notorious B.I.G., the late rapper born Christopher Wallace, has filed a lawsuit seeking declaratory…

  12. Disney Investigating Deadmau5's Attempt to Trademark Mouse Logo

    April 01, 2014 8:16 AM EDT On Friday, Disney let it be known at the U.S. Trademark Office that it is investigating a trademark registration filed by Deadmau5 (pronounced "dead mouse"). This one is intriguing. Deadmau5 is the stage name of EDM star Joel Zimmerman. Last year, Zimmerman's Ronica Holdings…

  13. Funkadelic's 'Sexy Ways' Dropped From 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

    March 27, 2014 4:55 PM EDT A quick update on the litigation involving Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," one of last year's biggest songs. Thanks to an agreement between the parties, Bridgeport Music is no longer a defendant as of Wednesday. That means that the lawsuit won't be considering whether…

  14. Record Label Sues Moby Over Decades-Old Samples

    March 25, 2014 9:10 PM EDT VMG Salsoul, a New York-based disco and funk record label, is attempting to once again rewind the clock to a time when sampling might have been a more legally-loose endeavor. Just four months after losing a lawsuit over Madonna's "Vogue," Salsoul has picked a new target -- Moby…

  15. NFL Now Wants $16.6 Million for M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Bird

    March 18, 2014 9:45 AM EDT As The Hollywood Reporter revealed last September, the NFL has been secretly pursuing M.I.A. in arbitration in the aftermath of Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, 2012. During the event, watched by nearly 167 million TV households, the Sri Lankan singer-rapper extended her middle finger during a…

  16. Beastie Boy, GoldieBlox Settle Lawsuit Over ‘Girls’ Ad

    March 18, 2014 12:39 AM EDT A contentious legal battle over the use of the Beastie Boys' 1987 song "Girls" has come to a close with a settlement.  Toy company GoldieBlox, in a preemptive attempt to declare "fair use" of the track in a viral video, took the Beasties to court in Nov. 2013 to which…

  17. Kanye West Names Those Behind 'Coinye West' Cryptocurrency

    March 11, 2014 8:06 PM EDT This week, the digerati went nuts over Newsweek's controversial claims to have identified and located the creator of Bitcoin, Dorian Nakamoto. Meanwhile, Kanye West has been doing his own hunting. In January, the hip-hop superstar sued those allegedly responsible for the cryptocurrency …

  18. ‘Glee’ Star Matthew Morrison Plans Stage Return in 'Finding Neverland'

    February 28, 2014 3:00 AM EST After a prolonged absence from musical theater during his five-season run on Fox's Glee, Matthew Morrison is slated to return to the stage in Finding Neverland, the first major theater project spearheaded by Harvey Weinstein. According to an unconfirmed report in The New York Times,…

  19. Justin Bieber Escapes Lawsuit From Bodyguard He Allegedly Beat Up

    February 03, 2014 2:13 PM EST Moshe Benabou sued the legally-troubled star after an altercation at a 2012 concert. Justin Bieber has put the breaks on one of his legal problems. The pop star, currently under fire after being arrested last week on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest, has resolved a…

  20. Jimi Hendrix Estate Wins Appeal Over Unlicensed Merchandise

    January 30, 2014 3:47 AM EST In a ruling that could be slightly disconcerting for entertainment studios, news outlets and others who have dealt with the confusing nature of publicity rights laws across the nation, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has given a victory to famous dead people. The case involved the estate of…

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