Friday, April 24, 2015 9:47 AM PT
By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Summit Entertainment is close to settling with the makers of a low-budget Twilight movie spoof, attorneys on both sides of the copyright fight say. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A judge on Thursday ordered Suge Knight to stand trial on murder and attempted murder charges stemming from allegations that he ran over two men at a Compton fast food restaurant earlier this year.

By NICK MCCANN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Consumers who claim Hulu shared their private information with Facebook appealed their proposed class action to the 9th Circuit after a federal judge tossed the privacy lawsuit.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - Because the band's name disparages Asians, the Federal Circuit denied trademark protection to the Asian-American front man for The Slants. 

By LATEST RULINGS 

     BOSTON (CN) - Three women who accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault may amend their defamation lawsuit, a federal judge ruled.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge rejected Disney's bid to toss a copyright lawsuit over similarities between an animator's short film and the trailer for the hit film "Frozen."

By MIKE HEUER 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Universal Music Group will pay $11.5 million plus $3.3 million in legal costs to settle a class action over royalties from digital music downloads.

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Americans with Disabilities Act does not apply to Netflix because the service is not connected to an "actual, physical place," the 9th Circuit ruled Thursday. 

By DAVID LEE 

     DALLAS (CN) - A model cannot collect damages from retailer Dillard's and a Dallas modeling agency for using his image on underwear packaging because the statute of limitations has expired, a Texas appeals court ruled. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Thousands of strippers represented in a class-action labor lawsuit against New York's Rick's Cabaret hope to end six years of protracted litigation by accepting a $15 million settlement. 

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Billionaire real estate tycoon Igor Olenicoff will not have to pay $450,000 for knocking off an artist's sculptures, despite being found liable for copyright infringement, a federal judge ruled. 

By JAMIE ROSS 

     (CN) - Just in time for Easter, U.S. trademark officials refused to let a man to trademark the name "Porno Jesus" for a line of adult-entertainment products.

By MARIA DINZEO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Persuaded by Hulu that its users could not prove that it knowingly shared their private information with Facebook, a federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed class action claiming the online streaming service violated the Video Privacy Protection Act. 

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - New York-based luxury brand Chanel won an $894,650 judgment against a Las Vegas businessman who counterfeited and sold fake Chanel products.

By ROSE BOUBOUSHAIN 

     (CN) - Lady Gaga's producer and ex-beau Rob Fusari must post a $7.3 million bond by Friday to stay claims that he never paid the woman who discovered the pop star, a federal judge ruled. 

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Grindr need not face negligence claims from a man arrested after a 13-year-old allegedly used the gay-dating app to solicit a threesome, a federal judge ruled. 

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal complaint accusing "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane of stealing the idea for the foul-mouthed teddy bear used in the comedy "Ted" has been dismissed with prejudice. 

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     (CN) - A Florida magistrate judge ruled that Amazon is not entitled to documents prepared by a consultant to a streaming porn company that sued the Internet giant for trademark infringement. 

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - DirecTV persuaded the Supreme Court on Monday to decide whether customers must arbitrate their claims over early termination fees. 

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SEATTLE (CN) - A federal judge erred in refusing to certify a class of gamers who say Microsoft sells defective Xbox 360s that gouge discs, the 9th Circuit ruled Wednesday. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Talks to settle a copyright dispute over the movie classic "Raging Bull" continued Wednesday, after MGM this week urged the court to throw out the case.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A British record label still has half of its lawsuit's allegations standing after the first round of its federal lawsuit alleging that Sony Music Entertainment cheated it out of more than $7 million in royalties for "American Idol." 

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Online matchmaker Match.com illegally bills its California members and won't tell them how to cancel their subscriptions, a customer claims in a federal class action.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

      LOS ANGELES (CN) - Playboy filed a $7.6 million malpractice lawsuit claiming its attorneys negligently failed to settle an employee whistleblower case out of court.

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN (CN) - A company waged a "noise war" with a boom box to disrupt filming at a neighboring sound stage and gain leverage in lease negotiations, a New York City landlord claims in court.

By AMANDA LOVIZA-VICKERY  

     (CN) - Five models claim in court that a supposedly "classy" modeling site has been using their photos on pornographic websites for an escort service.

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     HOUSTON (CN) - Iggy Azalea ditched her 2012 recording contract when her career took off, a music publisher claims in court. Make Millions Music sued Universal Music Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Araca Merchandise and Araca Productions on Thursday in Harris County Court.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CN) - A trust claims in Federal Court that it is still waiting for the full proceeds of its Van Gogh from an auction at Sotheby's last year.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Charlie Sheen hired a man at $300,000 a year for three years, then fired him five months later without paying him a dime, the man claims in court.

By DAVID LEE 

     (CN) - A gun group sued Norman, Okla. for banning guns from an upcoming music festival.

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - Brazilian pop artist Romero Britto says in a federal lawsuit that Apple Inc. is co-opting his distinctive color-splashed style in its marketing campaigns.

By KARINA BROWN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Jazz musician Bob James sued a hip-hop artist and his record label, in a lawsuit with some pointed words about "sampling."

By CHARLY HIMMEL 

     RICHMOND, Va. (CNS) - Members of the heavy metal band Gwar stole their late leader singer Dave Brockie's artwork, bass guitars and cremated remains, and refuse to return them to his family, the musician's father claims.

By NICK DIVITO 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A failure by the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra to pay dues ended in an arbitration award of more than $88,000, a musician's union says in Federal Court.

By KARINA BROWN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The indie film production company behind the Brad Pitt movie "Fury" sued its founding CEO, claiming he used its name to run his own companies using its intellectual property and relationships.

By LISA KLEIN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - Facebook violated its users' privacy to acquire the largest privately held stash of biometric face-recognition data in the world, a class action claims in Chancery Court.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge dismissed a consolidated class action that accused DreamWorks, Disney, Pixar and other animation studios of conspiring to suppress wages.

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A Canadian visual effects company sued a Hollywood competitor on Tuesday, in a fight over a three-dimensional film technology patent.

By JACK BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - The inventor behind a web-slinging Spider-Man toy told the Supreme Court today to throw out the 50-year-old precedent holding up his Marvel royalty checks.

By KARINA BROWN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Ozzy Osbourne's son Jack, of the MTV reality series "The Osbournes," filed four lawsuits in Superior Court demanding dissolution of production companies he owns with two partners and longtime friends.

By ANDREW THOMPSON 

     PHILADELPHIA (CN) - Democratic tactician David Axelrod is stealing credit for one of the most successful party counterattacks in modern urban politics, former Philadelphia Mayor John Street's political strategist claims in Federal Court.

By DARRYL GREER 

     VANCOUVER, B.C. (CN) - A government-approved reality television show defamed an airline passenger and gave him post-traumatic stress by accusing him of money laundering and drug use on an episode of "Border Security," the man claims in court.

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Until the mid-1990s, Hollywood legend Roger Corman - of "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Fall of the House of Usher" fame - and his producer wife Julie had their fortune parked in a fund managed by business magnate George Soros. By all accounts, it was a wildly successful relationship.

By NICK DIVITO 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A former contestant on "The Voice" says that a woman with a onetime label at Sony planted a story that accused her of writing a love song to North Korea's communist dictator.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Fox wants a declaration it can use the "Empire" title for its hit television series, after receiving an $8 million demand from a record label with the same name. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - The managers of New York Fashion Week deny crew members compensation for working overtime, a federal class action alleges.

By MARIA DINZEO 

     SAN JOSE (CN) - A Death Row inmate who raises money for cancer research claims in court that his former representative is selling his art without permission, for his own gain.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A host of Spike TV's "Catch a Contractor" TV show falsely imprisoned a contractor in a house until he agreed to appear on the show and defamed him as a criminal when the episode aired, the contractor claims in court.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The family of actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash with his friend Roger Rodas, has sued the Rodas estate for 20 autos allegedly owned by Walker or by both men, but in Rodas' possession when the two died in the same car.

By IULIA FILIP 

     (CN) - Romania's Communist regime confiscated a "state-of-the-art film laboratory and studio" in the 1940s and two Angeleno expatriates claim in court that it belongs to their family, and they want it back.

By MIKE HEUER 

     (CN) - An international group is pirating television broadcasts from China and selling them in the United States, Chinese and U.S. broadcasters and television service providers claim in court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     NEW YORK (CN) - An artist claimed in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday that the makers of FX's animated spy series "Archer" used three pieces of her work without permission.

From TECHDIRT 

     It's notable that one of the winners for investigative journalism went to Eric Lipton of the NY Times for a series of stories that he's done exposing the influence of lobbyists -- and that includes reporting using the leaked Sony emails to detail how the MPAA was trying to bring back SOPA via influencing various State Attorneys General. Read more from TechDirt.

From THE NEW YORK POST 

     The 127-year-old magazine has more than 67 million followers and likes on Facebook and similar sites - nearly 20 million more than No. 2-ranked sports magazine ESPN, with 40.3 million, a new survey shows. Time came in third at 22.9 million. Read more from The New York Post.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     The subscription reading service Scribd announced that it would add more than 9,000 audiobooks from Penguin Random House Audio to its platform, increasing its audiobook catalog to more than 45,000 titles. Read more from The New York Times.

From RE/CODE 

     Netflix's boffo Q1 earnings yesterday gave CEO Reed Hastings a good chance to remind people what he's really gunning for: It's not HBO, it's TV. Read more from Re/Code.

From POLITICO 

     The online streaming service hires four lobby firms on issues like competition and licensing, as it gears up to do battle with Apple. Read more from Politico.

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     The Alabama Department of Human Resources has closed its investigation into whether Harper Lee was a victim of elder abuse when she agreed to publish a new book this summer, declaring the allegations "unfounded." Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

From THE WASHINGTON POST 

     The law bans broadcast of movies "that glorify the government," all Russian movies made since January 1, 2014, and any that "pose a national security threat." Read more from The Washington Post.

From ARS TECHNICA 

     The gaming company issued a DMCA complaint, but desktop versions can still be found. Read more from Ars Technica.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Tencent will pay The Reporter an undisclosed fee to license its entertainment trade news articles and videos. Read more from The New York Times.

From WIRED 

     Most people don't have the 4K TVs needed to watch these ultra-high-definition shows. But Netflix sees where the world is moving, and unlike others, it's in a position to accelerate the process. Read more from Wired.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     Kim Kardashian is keeping up with the efforts to punish YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for posting Kanye West's marriage proposal to her. This week, a California appeals court signaled that it would advance the celebrity couple's lawsuit. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From POLITICO 

     HBO and Vice Media announced an expansion to their existing news partnership that will include the launch of a daily, half-hour newscast. Read more from Politico.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have suddenly found themselves playing a new role: the establishment. Read more from The New York Times.

From BLOOMBERG BUSINESS 

     Nielsen, the company that measures TV audiences, will begin offering data on viewing by Netflix Inc. and Amazon Prime subscribers for the first time starting midyear, Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns said. Read more from Bloomberg Business.

From SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH NETWORK 

     A review of recommendations for and against the introduction of an open-ended fair use exception for the digital age in the EU, the UK, Ireland and Australia. Read more from Social Science Research Network.

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     Apple Inc.'s lofty plans to build an online television service are coming into sharper focus. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

From DIGIDAY 

     Nearly 172 years since publishing its first edition, The Economist has arrived at a clear video strategy. Read more from Digiday.

From THE GUARDIAN 

     The haphazard online launch of The Interview was still a resounding success - and has the cinema chains quaking in their boots. Read more from The Guardian.

From BILLBOARD 

     Labels Said to Reject Pricing Below $9.99. Read more from Billboard.

From PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE 

     If the merger falls through, one analyst says, Netflix represents a natural next acquisition target for Kabletown. Read more from Philadelphia Magazine.