Wednesday, April 20, 2016 10:13 AM PT
By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams will not have to pay Marvin Gaye's heirs $3.5 million in attorney fees following a trial in which the jury found that the recording artists infringed on Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The last time Led Zeppelin graced a stage in California, Jimmy Carter was president, George Lucas' "Star Wars" was redefining blockbuster movies and Apple was a newly incorporated company. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - A singer known as "Mexico's Madonna" can continue her defamation lawsuit against a television network for its coverage of her involvement in a sex scandal, the Texas Supreme Court ruled.

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - The Ninth Circuit sided with Warner Bros. and DC Comics on Wednesday in a long-running case over the rights to the "Superman" franchise. 

By BIANCA BRUNO 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - A federal judge this week dismissed with leave to amend copyright claims to 24 songs brought by an original member of camp disco group Village People.

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN, N.Y. (CN) - The former CEO of the gay escort website Rentboy.com pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges accusing him of running an online brothel.

By NICHOLAS IOVINO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Journey guitarist Neal Schon won't stop believing he got $290,000 by settling his discrimination lawsuit against San Francisco this week. 

By JONNY BONNER 

     SALT LAKE CITY (CN) - A Utah Senate committee unanimously approved a resolution declaring a "pornography epidemic" a "public health crisis" which is "addictive" and "is linked to lessening desire in young men to marry."

     (CN) - The Third Circuit ruled that Trump Entertainment, owner of Atlantic City's bankrupt Taj Mahal casino, can break its deal with a union on its way to exiting Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

By DANIEL W. STAPLES 

     BALTIMORE (CN) - A criminal defense expert continued to hammer away at a now-deceased attorney's representation of Adnan Syed, who was convicted and given a life sentence in the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend.

By CHARLY HIMMEL 

     CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CN) - A federal judge said that the young woman at the center of now-debunked Rolling Stone article on a gang rape at the University of Virginia must turn over her communications with the magazine as part of a pending defamation suit. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Just as its former director Ann Freedman prepared to testify, the Knoedler Gallery etched out a confidential deal Wednesday to conclude the federal action lobbed by a power couple to whom it sold a fake Mark Rothko painting.

By NICHOLAS IOVINO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A class of Twitter users on Thursday voluntarily dismissed a lawsuit claiming the social media company eavesdropped on users' private messages.

By NICK MCCANN 

     MEDFORD, Ore. (CN) - In a federal antitrust complaint, a national talk radio network claims that Cumulus Media, Westwood One and Compass Media conspire to monopolize syndication, ad rates and employment of advertising reps.

By NICK RUMMELL 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" may soon be in the public domain by virtue of a class action filed over fair use of the song.

By JONNY BONNER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Rapper Lil Wayne sued Universal Music Group for $40 million on Monday, money he claims it diverted to repay itself for the $100 million it advanced to Cash Money Records, where he helped launched the careers of Drake, Nicki Minaj and Tyga.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     Pop singer Brandy sued her record label for $1 million Tuesday, claiming it refuses to let her record or release an album, to "bully" her into signing a contract that will let Chameleon Entertainment double dip at her expense.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Tattoo and street artist Eric Rosenbaum aka Norm, says in a federal lawsuit that he isn't lovin' McDonald's use of his copyrighted artwork without his permission, and is out more than $10 million.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Millionaire appropriation artist Richard Prince finds himself in a familiar situation - fighting with his gallery against a copyright lawsuit over images of Rastafarian men - with a twist for the social media age.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - A company hired to archive a collection of original "Barney Google and Snuffy Smith" comics for a museum "ransacked" the works, "stealing an extensive collection," the Lasswell Foundation claims in court.

By JON CHOWN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Saying 1 million young lives are at stake, a Bay Area activist filed a class action against six major movie studios and the Motion Picture Association of America to try to stop children from being exposed to tobacco products in movies.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Mischa Barton's mother - whom the actress sued last year, accusing her of defrauding her of acting fees and her interest in a Beverly Hills Home - has filed for bankruptcy, listing her daughter as a creditor but claiming to owe her nothing.

By JON CHOWN 

     MONTEREY, Calif. (CN) - Renowned bronze sculptor Richard MacDonald sued his wife and her family for $18 million, claiming they defrauded and abused him and stole his money and art.

By JON CHOWN 

     ANACAPA, Calif. (CN) - The ex-husband of "Beverly Hills Nannies" TV star Ariane Bellamar sued her this week, claiming she stole his dog and $330,000 - and that while they were briefly married, she was a bigamist.

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Cinema giant Regal Entertainment Group used its power as a near-monopoly to eliminate fair competitive access to commercial films, Landmark Theatres claims in a federal complaint.

By NICK DIVITO 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The artist whose drawing graces the cover of the exclusive Wu-Tang album bought by Martin Shkreli joined shareholders and former business partners suing the pharmaceutical bad boy with a federal action of his own.

By KEVIN KOENINGER 

     DETROIT (CN) - A monopoly on prison MP3 players allows SanDisk to charge double for its devices and forces inmates to unlock their music once they're released, according to a class action complaint.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     NASHVILLE (CN) - The creator of the "Dark-Hunter" sci-fi and fantasy series claims in court that the author of "Shadowhunter" books copied elements of her story.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     BOISE (CN) - A movie theater sued the Idaho State Police in Federal Court this week for trying to revoke its liquor license for showing the R-rated movie "50 Shades of Grey."

By KARINA BROWN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A supplement maker sued a public relations firm and Getty Images, claiming its fledgling business tanked when Jennifer Love Hewitt sued it for publicity rights after it paid for the right to use the actress' pictures in advertisements.

By NICK RUMMELL 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Victoria's Secret calls their push-up bras "the world's best," but a New Jersey designer claims in a federal lawsuit that the product is also a clear violation of patent laws.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A company claiming rights in two Chief Keef albums sued Google for $20 million, claiming its subsidiary YouTube let users upload infringing versions of Keef's recordings.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     PHOENIX (CN) - An auto auction company allowed rock star Alice Cooper to misrepresent that he owned a 1970 Oldsmobile and auction it off with a forged title, the car's owner claims in court.

By LISA KLEIN 

     CHICAGO (CN) - The same people at mugshots.com are also behind unpublisharrest.com, forcing former arrestees to pay up if they want any hope of rejoining society, a class claims in court.

From FUSION 

     In 1917, seven years after Twain's demise, reports emerged that he had dictated a new novel, via Ouija board, to a receptive medium. Read more from Fusion.

From DAILY MAIL 

     Most of us might consider that the colour black is, well, simply black. But not great artists. To them, the subject is far more nuanced. And there's one shade they all want to get their hands on - the blackest black in the world. That title is currently held by a paint called Vantablack, a pigment so dark that it absorbs 99.96 per cent of the light that hits it and is used on stealth jets. Read more from Daily Mail.

From SLATE 

     In a recent episode of FX's acclaimed miniseries "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," Prosecutor Marcia Clark has just read in the newspaper that Simpson has hired Johnnie Cochran for his defense team. Clark processes the information with a look of quiet fury. "Cochran," she says aloud, taking a puff of her cigarette then stubbing it out as the camera pulls away. "Motherfucker." Read more from Slate.

From CNN 

     In the fourth quarter of this year, AT&T will start selling cable-like bundles of TV to people across the country through a new app. Subscribers won't need an AT&T wireless phone or an AT&T broadband connection at home. Read more from CNN.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Pandora Media, the largest Internet radio service, has held discussions about selling the company, according to people briefed on the talks. Read more from The New York Times.

From TECHDIRT 

     The Marrakesh Treaty is a good one, creating a system that carves out a place in copyright laws to make it easier for the blind and visually impaired to be able to get access to books. The Beijing Treaty would give performers control over their performances -- think Cindy Lee Garcia. Read more from TechDirt.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Playboy is shedding NC-17-rated fare and revamping itself for the digital age, when racy images are as easy to find as Wi-Fi. Read more from The New York Times

From CNN 

     Challenging perceptions of rampant cord-cutting, Comcast is clawing back some cable customers. Read more from CNN.

From VENTURE BEAT 

     YouTube, eager to capture cord cutters with original content since 2011, is about to debut one show and three movies exclusive to the company's Red subscription service and Google Play. Read more from Venture Beat.

From LOS ANGELES TIMES 

     A panel of federal judges has ordered Pandora Media Inc. and other Internet radio stations to pay higher royalties for sound recordings in a ruling that could have broad ramifications for the music industry. Read more from Los Angeles Times.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     As the FCC issues a proposal that could shake up television, a new coalition comprised of Hollywood studios and cable and satellite operators promises a fight. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From DAILY NEWS 

     Reports indicate that Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara will try to subpoena actor Sean Penn's cellphone in an investigation into his interview with Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. Read more from the Daily News.

From BBC NEWS 

     A convicted software pirate has been handed an unusual punishment. The man, named only as Jakub F, was told he would be spared having to pay hefty damages as long as a film denouncing piracy he was made to produce got 200,000 views. Read more from BBC News.

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