Friday, March 27, 2015 11:22 AM PT
By MATT REYNOLDS 

     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.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Have the creators of the documentary series "The Jinx" made life tougher for prosecutors in the Robert Durst murder case?

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     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.

By NICK DIVITO 

     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.

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 MATT REYNOLDS 

     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.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The copyright battle pitted a Las Vegas media company against Paramount Pictures, weaving into the intrigue a pornographic version of Federico Fellini's "La Dolce Vita." 

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     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.

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - The Golf Channel must return nearly $6 million that convicted Ponzi schemer R. Allen Stanford's paid it for advertising, the 5th Circuit ruled. 

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - Toyota cannot dismiss a copyright complaint from the author of a book that tells how he found and returned B.B. King's stolen guitar "Lucille," a federal judge ruled. 

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     (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. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     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. 

By CHARLY HIMMEL 

     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. 

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 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 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 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 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.

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 REBEKAH KEARN 

     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.

By MIKE HEUER 

     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.

By JON CHOWN 

     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.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     (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.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     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."

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     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.

By MIKE HEUER 

     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.

By SABRINA CANFIELD 

     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.

By MIKE HEUER 

     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.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER AND DAN MCCUE 

     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.

By ROBERT KENNEDY 

     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.

By DESHAYLA STRACHAN 

     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.

By DEB HIPP 

     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.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     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.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     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.

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     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.

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.

From MEDIA POST 

     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.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     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.

From THE WASHINGTON POST 

     A top Netflix exec is probably wishing he'd stayed in bed. Read more from The Washington Post.

From TECHDIRT 

     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.

From INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES 

     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.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     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.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     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.

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.

From MEDIA POST 

     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.

From VARIETY 

     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.