BRUSSELS - European Parliament has adopted a directive that aims to improve copyright collective management organizations and facilitate cross-border online music licensing.
CINCINNATI (CN) - Several free-speech groups have gotten behind Thedirty.com's as it appeals a jury decision finding it liable for defaming an NFL cheerleader.
(CN) - Stan Lee Media has entered the fray to help a regional theater nestled in Pennsylvania's Amish country fend off Disney's copyright claims.
(CN) - Taking its cue from the Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit on Monday reversed an order restricting when tribute bands can use The Platters name, saying the likelihood of irreparable harm must be established, not presumed.
WASHINGTON (CN) - A federal judge's unique attempt to match class counsel with class composition is questionable but not fit for Supreme Court review, one justice said Monday.
WASHINGTON (CN) - A settlement over Facebook's advertising program Beacon does not present an ideal vehicle to consider the fundamental concerns associated with cy pres awards in class actions, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Monday.
(CN) - Teri Woods, reportedly the first writer to put the urban fiction genre on The New York Times bestseller list, cannot sue over bootleg copies of her novels, a federal judge ruled.
(CN) - The movie producer behind the Matthew McConaughey movie "Sahara" cannot pursue fraud claims against the publishers of the book on which the script was based, a Colorado Supreme Court judge ruled.
(CN) - Former members of hardcore punk band Black Flag can continue touring under the name "Flag" for now and use a four-bar logo that bears some similarity to the Black Flag logo, a federal judge ruled.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - An independent filmmaker sued Tom Sizemore, claiming the actor reneged on an agreement to play a CIA agent in a sci-fi movie called "Caller ID" - though the actor's manager claims Sizemore never agreed to anything, and that his signature was forged.
MANHATTAN (CN) - Isaac Asimov's wife and daughter sued Trident Media Group and Robert Gottlieb, claiming they continue to present themselves as the late author's agents three years after the contract terminated.
MANHATTAN (CN) - The Knoedler Gallery faces two more federal lawsuits accusing it of selling forged modern masters: a $3 million claim for a bogus Clyfford Styll and a $1.5 demand for a phony Rothko and a de Kooning.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Pop star Pink and her husband attacked a photographer at a Malibu shopping center and called him a "pedophile" for taking photos while the singer changed her baby's diaper, the paparazzo claims in court.
HACKENSACK, N.J. (CN) - In a lawsuit, customers accuse the two men who star in HGTV's "Kitchen Cousins" of doing shoddy home renovations, lying that the house had passed final inspections, then abandoning the job after taking $211,000 for it.
MANHATTAN (CN) - Match.com is "one of the biggest conspiracies ever executed on the Internet," using thousands of photos of people who have nothing to do with the dating service in fake "profiles" to lure customers, a class action claims in Federal Court.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CN) - Long after a Colorado high school student was murdered, the Discovery Channel defamed a witness to it as "a menacing, weed-smoking bully," who was the "instigator" of the killing, the man claims in court.
ATLANTA (CN) - The NCAA sued Electronic Arts, claiming the video game-maker refuses to indemnify the NCAA for legal claims on the use of college athletes' personae, and does not have enough insurance to do so.
CHICAGO (CN) - Two gospel singers sued Jay Z, Dr. Dre and Rick Ross, claiming the rappers "hijacked music and lyrics" that were meant "to be performed only as spiritually uplifting gospel music" and turned their song into a vile, sex- and drug-ridden vulgarity.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - An animation studio filed a $5 million lawsuit against a holding company that it claims interfered with its attempt to take control of the U.S. arm of troubled French production and animation company Moonscoop.
ATLANTA (CN) - Gucci Mane claims in court that his handlers and collaborators released music without his permission, failed to pay him his share of royalties, and even stole his jewelry.
(CN) - Celebrity boutique Kitson sells a line of "designer drug" sports jerseys that infringes on the Vicodin trademark and makes it seem as if "popping Vicodin is a cool, 'in' thing to do," the painkiller's owner claims in court.
(CN) - Actress Ashley Greene has been sued by neighbors who say she negligently started a fire in her West Hollywood apartment, resulting in property damage and the death of her dog, Marlo.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - A man who invested $100,000 in a science fiction movie claims in court that producers changed the film's title and defrauded him of his ownership stake and credit.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) - A Caribbean company called Beardo sued three competitors, claiming they swiped its patented "innovative design" for hats with fake beards.
(CN) - A documentary filmmaker claims Beverly Hills police won't release records on the 2010 murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, though they granted full access to a reporter whose book they "apparently endorsed."
(CN) - Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsey was drunk and abusive during preparations for the Natalie Portman Western "Jane Got a Gun," quit the project after producers refused to renegotiate her contract, and owes more than $500,000 in fees, a producer claims in court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - "My Boyfriend's Back" songwriter-producer Jerry Goldstein owes the Glaser Weil law firm $642,600 in legal fees, the attorneys claim in court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Game Show Network cable channel accused an Indian-based mobile casino games-maker of fraud, claiming in court that the Indian company backed out of a $160 million deal, to sell itself to another buyer.
MANHATTAN (CN) - A Chicago publisher is printing diaries from the last year of Malcolm X's life without authorization, the late civil rights leader's heirs claims in court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - An actor in the "Hatfields & McCoys" TV miniseries sued the show's producers for reckless misconduct and negligence after he was flung from a horse he claims was mistreated by the show's handlers.
MIAMI (CN) - Miami jailed for 19 months a man who ran for his life as his friends were shot to death, because police wanted to "solve" the double murder "in an expeditious fashion for the television show 'First 48,'" the man claims in court.
(CN) - A man who spent two and a half years designing and making products based on John Lennon's artwork claims in court that Yoko Ono's company refused to license the work to him and owes him more than $55,000.
NEWARK (CN) - Film financier David Bergstein defrauded an investor of $85 million after he partnered with Bergstein to produce "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," the man claims in Federal Court.
MANHATTAN (CN) - A New York gallery lost "two rare and very valuable" consigned artworks from Dr. Seuss's book "You're Only Old Once!" two collectors claim in court. James Otis and Clifford Davis sued the Illustration House Gallery, its founder Walt Reed and president Roger Reed, in New York County Supreme Court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - The lead singer of the rock band The Calling asked a federal judge to declare him the owner of the band's trademark, after alleged threats of legal action from the band's former guitarist.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Kim Kardashian and Kanye West accuse YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley of crashing their private marriage proposal and posting video of the event to promote his new video-creation app, MixBit.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) - Three men with box seats at Barclays Center were harassed, followed and once charged 1,000 for a cold pizza because they're black, according to a $4 million federal lawsuit.
The trial opened Monday of two Tunisian rappers and a journalist accused of insulting public officials after another musician was convicted in June, with the verdict expected later in the day. Read more from The Daily Star.
When reports first appeared that computers could produce three-dimensional objects - from toys to auto parts to household items - it sounded like a page from a science fiction novel. Read more from The New York Times.
Kim Dotcom has caused carnage in New Zealand politics, and is set to challenge the music industry with his new website. He personifies the danger technology poses to copyright law. Read more from The Guardian.
Time Warner Inc. filed to spin off its Time Inc. division next year, turning the publisher of People, Sports Illustrated and Time into the world's largest publicly traded magazine company. Read more from Bloomberg.
Microsoft Corp. said it sold more than 1 million Xbox One video-game consoles in less than a day after the new machine went on sale in 13 countries. Read more from Bloomberg.
Bauer Media editors worried that they would get sued by Tom Cruise if they wrote about him turning his back on his daughter because of Scientology, court papers revealed. Read more from The Wrap.
The French conglomerate will sell off the phone unit to the UAE's Emirates Telecommunications Corp. for $5.6 billion as it refocuses on its entertainment business. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.
Time Warner-owned HLN is rearranging a good chunk of its programming line-up, which will result in an unspecified number of layoffs among editorial and technical staff, a spokeswoman for the network confirmed. Read more from Variety.
Sally Bercow, wife of the current U.K. Speaker of the House of Commons, posted her libellous tweet in November 2012, two days after a Newsnight report wrongly linked Lord McAlpine, a conservative party member, to a child sex abuse ring at a Welsh childrens' home. Read more from Press Gazette.
Twitter will close its music app, which was introduced with great fanfare six months ago but has failed to gain traction in the marketplace. The company is expected to rethink its music strategy, according to a person with knowledge of its plans. Read more from The New York Times.
A Tokyo court has dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada against U.S. casino operator Wynn Resorts and some of its top executives, saying the case should not be handled by a Japanese tribunal. Read more from Fox Business.
Alexander Lebedev, owner of the London Evening Standard and The Independent, is to be put to work cleaning or repairing a remote village 140 miles from Moscow as punishment for throwing punches at a property mogul on a TV show. Read more from Daily Mail.
Is Hollywood partly to blame for the high piracy rates of some movies? A newly launched website suggests that this may be the case, as it shows that the most pirated movies are not available to stream, buy or rent legally. Read more from Torrent Freak.
How long should artists be able to hold copyrights on their work? It's a question people have been debating for more than two centuries. When the British government passed a law strengthening copyright terms for authors in 1814, celebrated writers like Sir Walter Scott began making more money. A lot more. Read more from The Washington Post.
Sony announced that it has created a new one-hour psychological thriller for Netflix that will begin production early next year. Read more from CNBC.
Megyn Kelly blew out Rachel Maddow in the key demo on Tuesday after losing to her the night before. "I have never seen it in all my years of cable," says Phil Griffin. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.
Big changes could be coming to California's annual $100 million film and TV tax credit program next year. Read more from Deadline Hollywood.
A software company is pressing to revive its trademark infringement claims against Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. for using the name of a real-life computer program in the Batman movie "The Dark Knight Rises." Read more from The National Law Journal.