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  1. Marvel Argues Why Supreme Court Should Deny Review of Superhero Copyright Dispute

    July 15, 2014 9:34 AM EDT With potentially billions of dollars at stake, Marvel told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday not to review Lisa Kirby v. Marvel Characters, concerning whether the estate of comic book legend Jack Kirby can terminate a copyright grant on such creati ...

  2. Aereo at the Supreme Court: Justices Confused by Technology, Wary of Implications

    April 22, 2014 6:21 PM EDT WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court hearings may never be televised -- not as long as comedians like Jon Stewart are around to make fun of them -- but on Tuesday, the justices of the high court were given the opportunity to get television. Appearing o ...

  3. 'American Idol' 429-Page Racism Lawsuit: The Highlights

    July 29, 2013 1:33 AM EDT On Thursday, 10 former contestants on American Idol sued over alleged discrimination on the long-running reality singing competition show. If you want to read the complaint, it'll likely take you longer than the amount of screen time that 9 ...

  4. Legal Fight over T Rex Songs Portends Music Industry Battles

    July 18, 2013 2:10 PM EDT As the fathers of rock music have bowed to the inevitability of mortality, their sons, daughters and other statutory heirs could soon be sending jarring vibes across the music industry. Last week, Rolan Feld, the son of T Rex frontman Marc Bolan ...

  5. Viacom Told to Pay Hundreds of Millions to 'Rock Band' Developer Harmonix

    July 18, 2013 4:17 AM EDT It's looking grim for Viacom in a dispute over payments to former Harmonix shareholders. This court battle seems to demand more attention given the newfound appetite for M&A in the entertainment sector and the amount of money at stake ...

  6. Supreme Court to Consider Copyright Case Today, Despite Hurricane Sandy

    October 29, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Despite a hurricane that threatens much of the Northeast, the U.S. Supreme Court opened as usual this morning. Justice John Roberts, just named as a "Brave Thinker" by The Atlantic Magazine for his role in upholding the Affordable Care A ...

  7. Business Matters: PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Ushers in New Era in Direct-to-Fan Sales

    July 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Shaking Up Direct-to-Fan Call it Direct to Fan 2.0: Nimbit, the Boston-based provider of direct-to-fan music services, announced Thursday it had been acquired by PreSonus, a maker of professional hardware and software equ ...

  8. Doobie Brothers' Michael McDonald Files Royalty Lawsuit Against Warner Music Group

    May 21, 2012 9:55 PM EDT King & Ballow's Richard S. Busch continues his assault upon the major label tradition of paying standard artist royalties for downloads instead of a 50% licensing royalty. The attorney has filed a lawsuit on behalf of Doobie Brothers sing ...

  9. NFL, NBC Apologize For M.I.A.'s Super Bowl Halftime Bird Flip

    February 06, 2012 7:49 AM EST (Photo: Getty Images) The NFL and a major television network are apologizing for another Super Bowl halftime show. There was no wardrobe malfunction, nothing like that glimpse of Janet Jackson's nipple eight years ago that caused an uproar an ...

  10. Billboard Power 100: Richard Busch

    January 26, 2012 11:15 PM EST No. 93 Richard Busch Partner King & Ballow Twitter: @KingBallow Disruptive Force Fit for Royalty... Attorney Richard Busch continues to give the majors conniptions. In a now celebrated case, Busch's client F.B.T. Productions, Eminem' ...

  11. Peter Frampton Sues Universal Music's A&M Records Over Digital Royalties

    December 28, 2011 12:00 PM EST Peter Frampton has sued Universal Music Group-owned A&M Records for unpaid digital royalties, according to numerous reports . The suit alleges breach of contract and unfair competition and seeks compensatory damages. At the center of the lawsu ...

  12. Phil Spector Seeks Supreme Court Appeal

    December 16, 2011 9:30 AM EST A lawyer for imprisoned music legend Phil Spector is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review his murder conviction, arguing his constitutional rights were violated by the trial judge. Attorney Dennis Riordan contends that Superior Court Judge Larr ...

  13. Supreme Court Rejects ASCAP Download Appeal

    October 03, 2011 6:07 PM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear the appeal of a case in which the download of a musical work does not constitute a public performance. As a result, the membership of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) ...

  14. Huffington Post, AOL Sued by Bloggers

    April 13, 2011 7:08 AM EDT The Huffington Post has been hit with a class action lawsuit by a group of bloggers who claim the massively popular site, recently acquired by AOL, mistreats those who enrich it with content. Noted freelance journalist Jonathan Tasini is leading t ...

  15. Rick James Estate's Class-Action Suit Against Universal: An Entertainment Attorney Weighs In

    April 08, 2011 11:24 AM EDT The Rick James estate filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group and it's raising expectations that more artists may enter the license-vs.-sale battle over digital downloads. But the clock could be ticking for heritage artists ...

  16. Supreme Court Rejects Universal Music Group's Appeal Of Eminem Royalty Case

    March 21, 2011 2:25 PM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear an appeal from Universal Music Group regarding how much it pays artists for digital music sales. UMG is appealing a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from last year, which stated that the label ...

  17. White House Nominates Former RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Donald Verrilli Jr., a deputy counsel to President Barack Obama, was chosen Monday to be the next U.S. solicitor general. Obama announced his intention to nominate Verrilli. If confirmed by the Senate, Verrilli would succeed Justice Elena Kagan as ...

  18. The Antitrust Case Against Major Record Labels, in Perspective

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a significant antitrust case brought against the major record labels , clearing the way for the lawsuit to proceed in federal court in New York. The class action suit alleges the labels conspired ...

  19. Supreme Court: Antitrust Case Against Record Labels Can Proceed

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court opted on Monday not to review an appeals court decision in an antitrust price-fixing lawsuit against record labels over the sale of digital downloads. In passing on the case, the Supreme Court has opened the door for a revie ...

  20. Beatles iTunes Deal Pays Royalties Directly to Band, Publisher, Sources Say

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Four decades since their breakup, the Beatles are still sticking with their trailblazing ways. It seems that the EMI/Beatles deal that finally brought the Fab Four's catalog to iTunes may be more groundbreaking than originally thought. Accord ...

  21. Will Supreme Court Hear Eminem Royalties Case?

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group, Aftermath Records and Interscope Records have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court a Ninth Circuit ruling over royalties owed on Eminem music. The case concerns whether the defendant record labels owe F.B.T. Prods, the outfit ...

  22. Business Matters: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear File Sharing Case -- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case brought against a Texas teen for illegally acquiring 37 songs through a file-sharing service. Whitn ...

  23. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Tammy Genovese, Pandora and more

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. How Much Could Terra Firma Be Awarded In Lawsuit? -- The Wall Street Journal humorously downplays the impact of huge – but reduced – potential damages in Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup. L ...

  24. Court Strikes Down FCC Indecency Policy

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Communications Commission's indecency policy is unconstitutionally vague and could create a chilling effect beyond "fleeting expletives" heard on broadcasts, an appeals court ruled on Tuesday in a major win for broadcast ...

  25. Publishers Sue Limewire

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Limewire now has more legal problem on its hands. As the P2P prepares its argument against the RIAA’s request that a federal judge shutdown its operation permanently, it now must content with a just filed lawsuit from eight music publishers. The j ...

  26. FCC To Take Another Look At Janet Jackson Case

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Federal Communications Commission said the agency will review the incident involving a fleeting glimpse of pop singer Jane Jackson's breast during the 2004 American football championship. Jackson's right breast was exposed to al ...

  27. Labels' Usenet.com Victory Could Set Important Precedent

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recording industry has racked up another significant legal victory over an Internet-based piracy facilitator. In a bluntly worded 38-page opinion, a Manhattan federal judge ruled Tuesday that a service called Usenet.com violated copyright law ...

  28. Analysis: Should Real Switch Strategy?

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is it time for RealNetworks to Switch Gears? That's the headline of an article at the New York Times that questions the strategies and relevancy of RealNetworks, which operates the Rhapsody music store and subscription service. In the piece, ...

  29. Taiwan Passes Three-Strikes Piracy Law

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's legislature has passed an amendment to the island's copyright act aimed at discouraging digital copyright infringement over peer-to-peer networks and increasing the responsibility of ISPs. Based on the 2005 U.S. Supreme Court de ...

  30. FCC Appeals Janet Jackson Case To Supreme Court

    November 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST The FCC last week appealed a ruling by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia, saying that court was wrong to throw out the case and a $550,000 fine against CBS Corp. in July. The appellate court cited the FCC practice of not consid ...

  31. Judge Rules In Favor Of Veoh

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On Aug. 27, U.S. District Judge Howard Lloyd ruled that online video-sharing service Veoh isn't liable for copyright infringement for material uploaded to its Web site by users, dismissing a lawsuit brought by adult entertainment production c ...

  32. VH1 Takes Placements In-House With 'New York,' 'Luke'

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eclectic band Little Jackie will join reality TV star New York as she traipses around Hollywood for her new VH1 show, "New York Goes To Hollywood." The show will follow New York, who made a name for herself on "Flavor of Love" ...

  33. Comedy Legend George Carlin Dies At 71

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Comedian George Carlin, a counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs and dirty words, died of heart failure at a Los Angeles-area hospital yesterday (June 22). He was 71. Carlin, who had a history of heart and drug-dependency problems ...

  34. Solicitor General To Exit Justice Dept.

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Solicitor General Paul Clement will end his current service to the Department of Justice in June. He has informed President Bush and U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey of his resignation. Clement became solicitor general in June 2005. His offic ...

  35. Judge Dismisses LimeWire Antitrust Suit

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge on Monday threw out an antitrust lawsuit that the operator of the LimeWire online file-sharing service filed against a coalition of major record labels. U.S. District Judge Gerard E. Lynch in New York ruled that Lime Group LLC fail ...

  36. U.S. Rep Puts Squeeze On LimeWire

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The chairman of the House's investigating committee Tuesday criticized the popular peer-to-peer program LimeWire for failing to take steps to ensure that personal, corporate and government data can't be easily obtained. Rep. Henry Waxman ...

  37. Boucher Re-Introduces Fair Use Bill

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST For the third time in as many Congressional sessions, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., has introduced a bill that would expand the protection of fair use under copyright law. Like the other bills he introduced over the last four years, the new bill could ...

  38. Labels, VCs Agree To Settle Napster Suit

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Music and Universal Music Group reached a conditional settlement with venture capital firm Hummer Winblad over the firm's $13 million investment in the original Napster. But whether the parties' agreement will actually resolve their ...

  39. Court: StreamCast Liable for Inducing Infringement

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Final Grokster party loses fight. StreamCast Networks has lost its fight against major record labels, music publishers and movie studios in the MGM Studios vs. Grokster case. The federal District Court in Los Angeles granted a summary judgment to ...

  40. Bertelsmann Pays UMG $60m In Napster Settlement

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG and Universal Music Group have settled litigation over the German media company's $85 million investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Bertelsmann will pay UMG $60 milli Bertelsmann AG and Universal Music Group ...

  41. P2P Sues P2P

    August 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Brilliant Digital Entertainment and Altnet, which are affiliated with peer-to-peer network Kazaa, sued Morpheus operator StreamCast Networks and its chief executive Michael Weiss yesterday (Aug. 14) f Brilliant Digital Entertainment and Altnet, wh ...

  42. MPA/MPAA Counsel To Shift Role

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Barsky becomes special counsel to top execs Aug. 14. Simon Barsky, executive VP/general counsel of the Motion Picture Assn. and the Motion Picture Assn. of America, will be shifting his duties. He will become special counsel to MPAA chairman/CEO D ...

  43. Major Labels Settle With Kazaa For $115 Million

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Settlement applies to P2P's global operations. The major record companies and motion picture studios have reached an out-of-court settlement, revealed today (July 27) by the RIAA and IFPI, with Sharman Networks and other operators of peer-to- ...

  44. Major Labels Settle With Kazaa For $115 Million

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Covers P2P's global operations. The major record companies and motion picture studios have reached an out-of-court settlement, revealed today (July 27) by the RIAA and IFPI, with Sharman Networks and other operators of peer-to-peer network Ka ...

  45. RIAA, i-SAFE To Educate Students

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Plan targets middle and high schools. The Recording Industry of America (RIAA) and Internet safety foundation i-SAFE have revealed a new partnership aimed at teaching students how to safely and legally access digital music. i-SAFE, a non-profit fo ...

  46. Behind the Deal: Grokster Shackled By Consent Judgment

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST Grokster seems securely bound and gagged by the structure of the settlement reached with the motion picture studios, record labels, publishers and songwriters (Billboard, Nov. 19). While the terms of Grokster seems securely bound and gagged by the ...

  47. IFPI Launches Massive P2P Strike

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The international recorded music industry is raising the stakes in its battle against online music file sharing. In its latest round of civil suits, the IFPI's national trade group members have launch LONDON -- The international recorded musi ...

  48. IFPI Launches Biggest P2P Strike

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The international recorded music industry is raising the stakes in its battle against online music file sharing. In its latest round of civil suits, the IFPI's national trade group members have launch The international recorded music industry ...

  49. IFPI Launches Biggest P2P Strike

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The international recorded music industry is raising the stakes in its battle against online music file sharing. In its latest round of civil suits, the IFPI's national trade group members have launch The international recorded music industry ...

  50. Movie Studios' Suits Hit Download Sites

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Motion picture studios filed a new round of copyright-infringement lawsuits Oct. 13 against a half-dozen Web site operators, alleging that they attempted to fool consumers into thinking the sites were WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- M ...

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