LOS ANGELES (CN) - Warner/Chappell will not charge you if you sing "Happy Birthday" before your toddler blows out the candles on her birthday cake. But if you're a Hollywood producer, expect to take a hit.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Have the creators of the documentary series "The Jinx" made life tougher for prosecutors in the Robert Durst murder case?
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Marion "Suge" Knight collapsed in court Friday after a judge set bail at $25 million in his murder case, according to reports.
MANHATTAN (CN) - An Upper East Sider who inherited a centuries-old painting faces a civil lawsuit from a German man who says East German stole the work from his father.
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.
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."
LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge Monday dealt a blow to "Twilight" moviemaker Summit Entertainment, ruling that a film parody does not violate its trademarks to the film franchise.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - A California appeals court ruled Wednesday that pop star Britney Spears must face contract claims brought by an ex-manager, and also resurrected the manager's battery claim against Spears' father.
(CN) - A man waging a contract battle against the makers of the upcoming "Hank the Cowdog" movie successfully argued against the testimony of the production company's expert witness, a federal judge ruled.
MANHATTAN (CN) - The Keith Haring Foundation's refusal to authenticate about 80 works cannot be spun into an antitrust conspiracy to control the market on paintings belonging to the iconic pop artist, a federal judge ruled.
RICHMOND, Va. (CN) - Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is not entitled to contest the forfeiture of an estimated $67 million in frozen assets because he's a fugitive facing extradition, a federal judge ruled.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(CN) - The managers of New York Fashion Week deny crew members compensation for working overtime, a federal class action alleges.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - A film financier defrauded a Canadian production company by falsely claiming rights to a screenplay by a famous Irish director, the Canadian company claims in court.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - DirecTV has deceptively advertised its prices for 7 years, the Federal Trade Commission said Wednesday in a federal lawsuit, claiming that "tens of thousands" of customers have filed complaints about DirecTV, and attorneys general of all 50 states and the District of Columbia have taken action about it.
VENTURA, Calif. (CN) - An artist who gained fame for his psychedelic work in the '60s sued his neighbor, claiming he let a storage trailer go up in smoke with millions of dollars worth of art, including a gigantic sculpture he had been working on for 20 years.
(CN) - Tinder advertised itself as a free online dating app but started charging $2.99 a month on March 2, customers claim in a federal class action for false advertising.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A prostitute and a man who would like to enjoy her services sued California on Wednesday, challenging the constitutionality of state laws against "private, consensual sexual activity ... as part of a voluntary commercial exchange between adults."
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Korn barred its drummer from rejoining the band and owes him money for his contributions as one of its founding members, David Silveria claims in court.
RENO (CN) - The widow of Stevie Wonder's longtime entertainment attorney is uptight, but not all right - she claims the musician owes her $7 million in royalty fees.
BATON ROUGE (CN) - A middle school teacher in Louisiana claims in a lawsuit that she's been harassed and has lived in fear of losing her job after sharing a Facebook post critical of the Common Core teaching method.
LAS VEGAS (CN) - Magician David Copperfield agreed to pay $552,282.74 to settle an employment class action arising from his magic act at the MGM Grand Casino.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (CN) - An assistant director who was working on a Gregg Allman bio flick the day a freight train plowed into the film's crew, killing one and injuring six, will be tried separately from her three co-defendants.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (CN) - The owner of a Michigan apartment complex has asked a judge to block the release of a move that makes it look bad.
ORLANDO (CN) - Hasbro stole the moves and likeness of the man who taught John Travolta how to dance for "Saturday Night Fever," and used them to create a popular cartoon gecko and toy, the choreographer claims in court.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (CN) - A retired Navy officer outraged by a documentary about NSA defector Edward Snowden has added The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as a defendant in a lawsuit and wants the documentary deemed ineligible for an Academy Award.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - The "hookup" service Tinder hurts the reputation of a web-design company that's been using the Tinder mark for five years, WildFireWeb claims in Federal Court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Freeplay Music misleads people by claiming that its music downloads are free, then "traps the consumer" by demanding "outrageous license fees" for the music, a digital content company claims in court.
CHICAGO (CN) - After complimenting a company that carved a sculpture from a dead tree, an Illinois town charged it with seven code violations that called the artwork a sign, an outraged art supporter claims in Federal Court. Kurtz Investments says the charges stemmed from a tree that died on its property in Hinsdale, Ill., early last year.
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.
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.
Netflix, Amazon and Hulu have suddenly found themselves playing a new role: the establishment. Read more from The New York Times.
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.
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.
Apple Inc.'s lofty plans to build an online television service are coming into sharper focus. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.
Nearly 172 years since publishing its first edition, The Economist has arrived at a clear video strategy. Read more from Digiday.
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.
Labels Said to Reject Pricing Below $9.99. Read more from Billboard.
If the merger falls through, one analyst says, Netflix represents a natural next acquisition target for Kabletown. Read more from Philadelphia Magazine.
Viacom's major structural changes have come as a result of recent challenges at its networks, including declining ratings and weak advertising results. Read more from Media Post.
As the Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI) Locations Show converges on the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza starting March 5, here's how each state is (or isn't) working to woo feature production business away from Los Angeles. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.
A top Netflix exec is probably wishing he'd stayed in bed. Read more from The Washington Post.
About a year ago we noted how Comcast has a weird tendency to prevent its broadband usersfrom being able to use HBO Go on some fairly standard technology, including incredibly common Roku hardware. For several years Roku users couldn't use HBO Go if they had a Comcast connection, and for just as long Comcast refused to explain why. Read more from TechDirt.
HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV a launch partner for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. Read more from International Business Times.
As TiVo scores access to the names of about 100,000 former Aereo customers, a bankruptcy plan is made to wind down Aereo's business and settle claims by TV broadcasters. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.
Each week, over 400,000 issues of Stylist are distributed in Paris and nine other French cities. For perspective, the monthly circulation of Vogue Paris is under 150,000. Read more from The New York Times.
Pandora has created a division to work with labels and artist managers, opened its vast databanks, and begun experimenting with artist promotions. Read more from The New York Times.
Oscar-nominated movies have seen a sharp rise in piracy since their nominations: over $40 million has been lost from 2.04 million illegal downloads. Read more from Media Post.
Charlie Ergen, the brash entrepreneurial founder of Dish Network, will take over as CEO of the satcaster following the retirement of president and CEO Joe Clayton in March. Read more from Variety.