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  1. Vivendi Faces Damages, To Appeal U.S. Jury Verdict

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST French media company Vivendi SA is liable for potentially billions of dollars in damages because it misled investors about its financial condition before a $46 billion merger nearly 10 years ago, a U.S. jury found. The Manhattan federal court jury ...

  2. Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger Approved

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Department of Justice announced today that it will approve the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger after nearly a year of investigation and due diligence. The new company, to be called Live Nation Entertainment, has agreed to divest its Paciolan t ...

  3. Celia Cruz Estate Sues Telemundo Over Tribute Special

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The estate of the late Celia Cruz, represented by New York-based Medina Law Firm, has filed a suit against the Telemundo Network and Image Entertainment alleging the network didn’t pay the agreed-upon revenues to Cruz’ estate stemming from a telev ...

  4. Prosthetic Records Files Suit Against Razor & Tie

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Metal label Prosthetic Records has filed suit against Razor & Tie in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. The suit centers on a disagreement regarding the expiration date of Prosthetic's contract with Razor & ...

  5. Nokia Expands Patent Dispute Beyond Apple iPhone

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia Corp. is broadening a legal dispute it already has with Apple Inc. over the iPhone, saying almost all of the company's other products also violate the Finnish phone maker's patents. Nokia said Tuesday that it has filed a complaint ...

  6. U.S. TV Stations Sue BMI Over Music Licensing Fees

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The owners of about 1,200 local television stations have sued BMI, seeking for lower broadcast fees to reflect declining television viewership and advertising revenue. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday, demanded a & ...

  7. Guitar Center, NAMM Targeted In Pricing Lawsuit

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Guitar Center and the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) are the targets of a recent lawsuit filed by law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro which claims the two conspired to fix retail pricing on fretted instruments. The firm filed a na ...

  8. Apple, Eminem Headed For Trial As Talks Break Down

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc and Eminem have failed to settle a lawsuit over whether the rapper's songs can be downloaded on the iTunes music service, paving the way for a federal trial to begin on Thursday. Eight Mile Style LLC, Eminem's music publisher, ...

  9. Beyonce Sued Over Fragrance

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A battle between the pop star and the fashion brand just turned fierce. Abercrombie & Fitch Co, the apparel retailer known for sexy advertising and casual looks, has sued the singer Beyonce Knowles, claiming her plan for a new fragrance to be ...

  10. The Fray Sues Manager Over Copyrights To Songs

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Fray songwriting duo of Joseph King and Isaac Slade are suing their manager over the copyrights to their songs. King and Slade wrote the 2005 hits "Over My Head (Cable Car)" and "How to Save a Life," and the current hit &qu ...

  11. Record Companies Sue 'Ellen' Show Over Copyrights

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some of the world's largest recording companies are suing "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," claiming producers violated their copyrights by playing more than 1,000 songs without permission. Many of the songs were played during the "d ...

  12. Digital Briefs: Live365, CRB, Napster, Live Nation

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Internet radio provider Live365 , one of the few webcasters to turn down the recent SoundExchange compromise agreement for streaming royalty rates, is taking a decidedly different approach to the ongoing dispute - by challenging the constitutio ...

  13. Jackson Browne, Republicans Settle Copyright Case

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jackson Browne is hopeful that the protection of music copyrights will be bolstered by the settlement of his lawsuit against U.S. Sen. John McCain and the Republican Party over unauthorized use of one of his songs in the 2008 U.S. presidential cam ...

  14. Pop Star Rain Testifies About Canceled Concert

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT South Korean pop star and actor Rain says he had every intention of performing in Hawaii and other U.S. states, but a series of abrupt concert cancellations were out of his control. The 26-year-old appeared in U.S. District Court in Honolulu in a ...

  15. Judge OKs Streaming Of File Sharing Hearing

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST A federal judge on Wednesday authorized the first online streaming of oral arguments in a U.S. District Court in Massachusetts in a copyright infringement lawsuit that pits a Boston University graduate student against the music recording industry. ...

  16. US Sues Sony Music Over Children's Online Privacy

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment was sued on Wednesday by the U.S. government, which claimed the music company violated federal rules aimed at protecting the online privacy of children. Sony Music improperly accepted registrations on its music Web sites f ...

  17. John McCain Fights Back Against Jackson Browne

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST John McCain may have lost the presidential election to Barack Obama, but his campaign seems absolutely determined not to lose to Jackson Browne. The singer/songwriter sued McCain in August after the Republican candidate for the highest office in t ...

  18. Atlantic Sues Stone Temple Pilots' Weiland, Kretz

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic Records sued two members of Stone Temple Pilots yesterday (June 12), accusing them of trying to prematurely end their recording contract with the Warner Music Group label. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, claims lead s ...

  19. Labels Sue Project Playlist On Copyright

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nine major record labels filed suit against an online music provider on Monday, accusing Project Playlist Inc of a "massive infringement" of their copyrights to the songs of artists such as U2 and Gwen Stefani. Project Playlist enables i ...

  20. Lennon Heirs Sue 'Expelled' Filmmakers Over 'Imagine'

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Lennon's sons and widow, Yoko Ono, are suing the filmmakers of "Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed" for using the song "Imagine" in the documentary without permission. Ono, her son Sean Ono Lennon, and Julian Lennon, J ...

  21. 'Hannah Montana' Tickets Fuel Lawsuit

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Thousands of "Hannah Montana" fans who couldn't get concert tickets are suing the teen performer's fan club over memberships they claim were supposed to give them priority for seats. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a New J ...

  22. EMI Sues MP3.com Founder Robertson

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Group companies sued online music industry executive Michael Robertson for copyright infringement on Friday, some seven years after his former company paid recording firms more than $100 million to settle a similar case. Several EMI-owned labe ...

  23. RIAA Ordered To Pay Legal Fees Of Lawsuit Target

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA's file-sharing legal campaign is beginning to cost it more than just PR points. A U.S. District Court judge has ordered the association to pay the legal fees of one such target, Deborah Foster, to the tune of just less than $70,000, ...

  24. Warner's Bronfman Sues Over Vivendi Pension

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group chief executive Edgar Bronfman is suing his former employer Vivendi S.A. for cutting his pension payments by about 65%, according to a complaint filed in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday. Bronfman resigned from Vive ...

  25. Keith Urban Sues Over Namesake Web site

    February 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Country singer Keith Urban has filed a lawsuit against a painter of the same name, claiming that the lesser known Keith Urban's Web site infringes trademark and cyber-squatting laws. Singer Urban filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Nashv ...

  26. Court Denies XM Request To Dismiss Music Label Suit

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge today (Jan. 19) denied XM Satellite Radio's attempt to dismiss the lawsuit brought by major labels over the XM players which record, library and retain music broadcast by the service. In a 23-page opinion, U.S. District Court ...

  27. Sony BMG To Be Sued For Racial Discrimination

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST A former BMG marketing rep is expected to file a racial discrimination lawsuit against Sony BMG Music this week in a New York federal court for wrongfully terminating her after the 2004 merger of Sony and BMG. The suit follows the U.S. Equal Emplo ...

  28. Led Zeppelin, Doors Members Sue Wolfgang’s Vault

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Some of rock 'n' roll's biggest names have teamed up to sue the owner of a Web site that specializes in streaming rare concert recordings. Wolfgang's Vault offers thousands of recordings of rare audio and video music performanc ...

  29. Buffett Sues Alleged Infringer

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Web site owner accused of selling trademarked items. Singer Jimmy Buffett filed suit on Monday (Nov. 13) asking a U.S. federal judge to stop a Web site operator from infringing Buffett's trademarks. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in ...

  30. Music Publishers, Kazaa Reach Settlement

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Amount of the settlement was not disclosed. The music publishing industry reached a tentative deal with operators of the Kazaa file-sharing network over claims of copyright infringement, according to the National Music Publishers' Association ...

  31. Disa Sues Univision Music

    July 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Claims breach of contract in lawsuit. Latin music label Disa Records said on Tuesday (July 18) it has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against the music unit of Hispanic media company Univision Communications Inc. Mexico's Disa Records said ...

  32. White Stripes Win Lawsuit Over Royalties

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Producer brought claim against band. A federal jury ruled today (June 15) in Detroit that the White Stripes don't have to share royalties with a producer who worked on the rock band's first two albums and claimed he played a pivotal role ...

  33. Kanye West, Ludacris Win Copyright Trial

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Suit centered on duo's song 'Stand Up.' Top-selling rappers Kanye West and Ludacris won a copyright infringement trial Thursday (June 1) when a jury concluded their 2003 hit "Stand Up" did not copy a tune by New Jersey mus ...

  34. Lawsuit Charges XM Execs Misled Investors

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Suit seeks class action status. XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. executives sold their individual company stock while making misleading claims about the broadcaster's ability to trim spending, attorneys representing investors in a lawsuit sai ...

  35. White Stripes Sued By Co-Producer

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A producer who worked on the first two White Stripes albums claims he deserves a share of the royalties, saying he played a pivotal role in creating the band's signature sound. A producer who worked on the first two White Stripes albums claim ...

  36. Former Hollywood Records Prez Pleads Guilty

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Robert Pfeifer to be released on $1M bond. Former music industry executive Robert Pfeifer has pleaded guilty to wiretapping in the ongoing probe of Hollywood private investigator Anthony Pellicano. Pfeifer, the former president of Hollywood Record ...

  37. Calif. Music Pirates Plead Guilty

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Two men pleaded guilty today (April 3) to criminal copyright infringement and other charges, admitting their involvement in the largest music manufacturing piracy seizure in the United States. Two men pleaded guilty today (April 3) to criminal cop ...

  38. Clear Channel, JamSports Case Settled

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST The high-profile case between Clear Channel Communications and JamSports was quietly settled just prior to the spinoff of CCC’s live entertainment division, Live Nation, formerly known as Clear Chan The high-profile case between Clear Channel Comm ...

  39. Clear Channel, JamSports Case Settled

    January 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Quietly resolved prior to spinoff of Live Nation. The high-profile case between Clear Channel Communications and JamSports was quietly settled just prior to the spinoff of CCC’s live entertainment division, Live Nation, formerly known as Clear Cha ...

  40. Murder Inc. Moguls Acquitted

    December 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rap moguls Irving and Christopher Lorenzo were found not guilty on Friday (Dec. 2) of laundering cash for a New York drug lord after two days of deliberations by a federal jury. Rap moguls Irving and Christopher Lorenzo were found not guilty on Fr ...

  41. Pixar Sued Over 'Incredibles' DVD Sales Forecast

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Shareholders have sued Pixar Animation Studios in two proposed class actions that claim the company misled investors with inflated projections for DVD sales of its hit title "The Incredibles." (Reuters) -- Shareholders have sued Pixar An ...

  42. Field Day Lawsuit Moving Forward

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Judge takes out parts of mass gathering law. U.S. District Court Judge Denis Hurley in Central Islip, N.Y., on Sept. 30 struck out parts of the state's mass gathering law as unconstitutional, allowing a case brought by Field Day producers And ...

  43. Bonneville Prevails In Infringement Case

    September 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Court rules against SparkNet. In a legal upset for the owners of the "playing what we want" trademark, a U.S. District Court has ruled in favor of Bonneville International in an infringement case brought against the broadcaster by SparkN ...

  44. Judge Throws Out Verdict Against Clear Channel

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT $90M was previously awarded to JamSports. In an opinion released Monday (Aug. 15), U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly threw out a $90 million verdict against Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) previously won by a division of Chicago-based p ...

  45. Judge Throws Out $90M Verdict Against Clear Channel

    August 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT In an opinion released Monday (Aug. 15), U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly threw out a $90 million verdict against Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) previously won by a division of Chicago-ba In an opinion released Monday (Aug. 15), U.S. ...

  46. Lil' Kim Blocks Release Of DVD

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Lil' Kim has won a court order preventing a man who testified against the rapper at her criminal trial from releasing a DVD using her name and image. NEW YORK (AP) -- Lil' Kim has won a court order preventing a man who testified against ...

  47. Judge Dismisses Defamation Suit Against Moore

    July 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has dismissed a $20 million defamation lawsuit filed against filmmaker Michael Moore by the brother of Oklahoma-bombing conspirator Terry Nichols. DETROIT (Reuters) -- A federal judge has dismissed a $20 million defamation lawsuit ...

  48. Jackson Sued Over Beatles Library Finances

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Prescient Acquisition Group claims breach of contract. A financial company specializing in asset acquisition sued Michael Jackson on Monday, saying it is owed $48 million in fees for rescuing the singer's stake in the publishing rights to son ...

  49. Marvel, Fox Sue Over 'Zoom'

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Accusing Revolution Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment of copyright infringement and unfair competition, Marvel Enterprises and 20th Century Fox have filed suit against Sony and Revolution, claim LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Accusi ...

  50. Macrovision Sues Sima, Interburn

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Suit claims Digital Millennium Copyright Act violations. Macrovision Corp. filed a lawsuit today (June 15) against Sima Products Corp. and Interburn Enterprises Inc. alleging that both companies manufacture software that infringes on Macrovision&# ...

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