(CN) - The U.S. Supreme Court should protect Americans' ability to choose how and when they watch television programming when they consider the networks' case against Internet streaming service Aereo, a new amicus brief states.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (CN) - Paula Deen's brother, who was at the heart of the sexual and racial harassment lawsuit that cost the celebrity chef millions of dollars in endorsements, closed his Savannah restaurant Thursday, after 10 years in business.
(CN) - After a raffle of rare editions of Edgar Degas sculptures caused a two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee to face a bitter personal attack, the dispute settled with kind words this week.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - "Scandal" TV star Columbus Short has been charged with punching out a man at a West Hollywood bar.
(CN) - The D.C. Circuit approved the Postal Commission's plan to end DVD-mailer discrimination - and Netflix's favored status at the U.S. Postal Service - by equalizing the postage for DVD flats and letters.
(CN) - Attorneys who successfully fought a middle schooler's suspension for posting a raunchy faux MySpace profile of her principal will recover more than $275,000, a federal judge ruled.
MANHATTAN (CN) - After failing to defend a federal lawsuit, one of the makers of "Def Jam Rapstar" must stop selling the video game and fork over $535,000 to EMI and other record labels for copyright infringement -- if anyone can find them, a federal judge ruled.
ST. LOUIS (CN) - A federal judge ordered collectibles dealers to pay Warner Bros. $2.57 million for violating copyright on The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind and Tom and Jerry products.
(CN) - A group of children who accused Facebook of misappropriating their names and likenesses failed to present "a viable legal theory," a federal judge ruled.
MANHATTAN (CN) - A federal judge gave the green light to a defamation suit against the National Enquirer's corporate parent for a story stating that Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston had "an intimate relationship before her death."
MANHATTAN (CN) - An oft-collared street artist who defends the right to peddle on New York City sidewalks without a license can advance retaliation claims, a federal judge ruled.
(CN) - A Muslim-American group can press some, but not all, of its claims against the men who allegedly spied on it and then wrote a book based on stolen records, a federal judge ruled.
AUSTIN (CN) - A Texas man who says he was teased decades ago because he shares a first name with the cross-dressing character in "Tango & Cash" does not have a defamation case, a federal magistrate said.
PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) - A mother sued her son's school district for suspending the boy for calling a teacher a "bitch" who "needs to be shot" on his Facebook page.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - David Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants broke a promise to pay a royalty collector its share of proceeds from cable and satellite transmission royalties for the "Late Show" and "Late Late Show," the collector claims in court.
MANHATTAN (CN) - Yasgur Road Productions sued the Town of Bethel, N.Y. for trying to prevent it from staging a "Woodstock reunion" at the Yasgur Farm, where the music festival was held in 1969.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - The host of Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" attacked a bar owner after the show's producers encouraged the man to hit on the host's wife, the man says in Superior Court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - MGM claims in court that an NBCUniversal screenplay about the formation of British spy agency MI6 violates copyright on the "James Bond" movies.
MANHATTAN (CN) - Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay purposefully drove his popular Los Angeles eatery out of business and used a business partner's investment to open another restaurant without him, the investor claims in a $10 million lawsuit.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Netflix defamed a former executive by claiming he stole its secrets after leaving the "cold and hostile" company to take a job at Amazon, and used its close business ties with the online retailer to get him fired, the man claims in court.
DALLAS (CN) - The mother of an injured motorcycle jumper seeks to depose the operators of a circus in which her son ran into a concrete wall and has been in a medically induced coma since.
MANHATTAN (CN) - French and British courts must produce witnesses for a U.S. songwriter who wrote two tunes for Elvis and is engaged in a protracted legal battle with most of the digital music industry, a federal judge ruled.
MANHATTAN (CN) - A publicist claims in court that Hasbro owes him $1 million in commissions for boosting sales of Scrabble, the 76-year-old board game.
DALLAS (CN) - Dancers at a Rick's Cabaret International-owned gentlemen's club beat and stabbed a fellow dancer while management refused to call the police, the woman claims in a lawsuit.
SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - An animator claims in court that Disney copied "original elements" of her snowman character in the movie and trailers for the $1 billion smash hit "Frozen."
LOS ANGELES (CN) - The daughter of a late Hollywood producer sued MGM, claiming it miscalculates home video revenue, shortchanging her and other profit participants of royalties, in a class action in Superior Court.
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CN) - Two companies behind a Beatles musical revue claim in court that proceeds from the "Rain - A Tribute" tour should not be "held hostage" by their partners because of a separate copyright dispute.
(CN) - A price-fixing conspiracy among Apple and five leading publishers put an independent ebook store out of business, BooksOnBoard claims in court, echoing a lawsuit brought by the government nearly two years ago.
MIAMI (CN) - Enraged that a customer got most of Target's Jason Wu collection, a fashion mob attacked him and his wife while store security egged them on, and someone posted their pictures online with the label "fashion vultures," the man claims in court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - "NCIS" star Pauley Perrette sought restraining orders against her ex-husband Francis Shivers, who now claims in court that his ex-wife is gaming the court system and terrorizing him.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Former "Jersey Shore" star Katie Cazorla claims in court that a website designer held domain names for her nail salon for "ransom" and refuses to give them back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - Dealing a blow to a civil lawsuit by two cheerleaders, the U.S. Department of Labor said Wednesday that Raiderettes in Oakland are "seasonal" employees not subject to federal minimum wage laws.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - British metal label Earache Records claims in court that a U.S. distributor owes it $250,000 in licensing fees, and broke a promise to release a catalog of hundreds of albums.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Though it enjoys a virtual monopoly of the Los Angeles cable-television market, Time Warner Cable has withheld nearly $10 million in fees, the city claims in court.
CAMDEN, N.J. (CN) - A high school unconstitutionally barred a girl from her graduation and prom because of a tweet from her home in which she called her principal a "pussy ass bitch," the girl and her mom claim in Federal Court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - A model sued Playboy and its radio host Kevin Klein, claiming she agreed to be photographed with a golf ball on a tee between her butt cheeks, but never agreed that Klein could take a whack at it.
AUSTIN, Texas (CN) - Directors of the Texas Film Commission refused to give customary tax breaks to the makers of the film "Machete Kills" because the movie presents a sympathetic picture of immigrants and Mexican police, the production company claims in court.
SANFORD, Fla. (CN) - George Zimmerman's parents sued Roseanne Barr, claiming the comedienne tweeted their address, forcing them to flee from their home.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - Steven Golin, producer of "Being John Malkovich," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" and other films, claims in court that Lakeshore Entertainment wrongly fired him from an upcoming Harrison Ford movie, "Adaline."
HARTFORD (CN) - Judith Sheindlin, who plays Judge Judy on TV, sued a personal injury attorney and his firm for using her likeness in a television commercial.
ORLANDO (CN) - Model Chantel Jeffries, who was in Justin Bieber's Lamborghini when the singer was caught drag racing in Miami and arrested on a DUI charge, claims in court that the New York Daily News defamed her.
MANHATTAN (CN) - A concert promoter waltzed with $180,000 he was supposed to pay rappers Gucci Mane, OJ da Juiceman and Nicki Minaj to book them for the 2009 "Icey City Tour," a talent agency claims in court.
LOS ANGELES (CN) - "Goodfellas" star Ray Liotta claims in court that a pyramid scheme for skin cream doctored his image in before-and-after photos for an online ad campaign he wants, and had, nothing to do with.
SAG-AFTRA is holding off on filing grievances against advertisers who have not yet adopted the standard digital identifier - dubbed Ad-ID - mandated for ads using union members. Read more from Variety.
A day after the deadline, with many of the 850 cable services being forced to black out MTV, Nickelodeon and other channels, the two sides are poised to announce a deal. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.
Four large trade associations representing competing sectors of the telecommunications and internet industry banded together to urge members of the European Parliament to back their views on net neutrality. That joint statement was unique, coming as it did from fierce competitors. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.
But the agency might still regulate negotiations between websites and Internet providers. Read more from National Journal.
As prosecutors use boastful rap lyrics to assemble criminal cases, a debate has arisen over whether such songs can constitute evidence of guilt or even the intention of wrongdoing. Read more from The New York Times.
The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled on Thursday that Internet Service Providers in Europe can legally block piracy sites that illegally distribute copyright-protected material. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.
A court granted a stay against the Twitter ban. But the government has 30 days to comply. Read more from The Washington Post.
Last year was a mixed bag for traditional TV news, with the first increase in viewership for local TV news in five years, but cable news trending down. Read more from Multichannel News.
At least until the end of this decade, viewers will have to navigate between multiple streaming services to watch the movie or TV show they want. Read more from The New York Times.
Lauren Greenfield has scored the big victory that likely ends David Siegel's attempt to punish the filmmaker over "The Queen of Versailles." An arbitrator at the Independent Film and Television Alliance ruled that the documentary about the time-share baron wasn't defamatory. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.
Anonymous controllers of the Argentina-based torrent organizer shut the service down. Read more from Deadline.
Twitter Inc. CEO Dick Costolo will meet Shanghai government officials, academics and students in his first visit to China, signaling Twitter's interest in cracking a lucrative but thorny market with 600 million Internet users. Read more from Reuters.
That blend of sweet and savory, corporate and personal, commerce and art at this year's South by Southwest festival, also known as SXSW, was a reminder that music can no longer pay its own way. In a streamed world where music itself has very little value, selling out is far from looked down upon, it's the goal. Read more from The New York Times.
The pan-European cable company has bought the remaining 20 percent for $422 million as it mulls a spinoff of its Latin American holdings. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.
Wells Fargo Securities' Marci Ryvicker recommends that investors hold any TV station company stocks they own, but not buy additional shares. Read more from Deadline.
Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has tried to shut down social media sites in the past, was once again threatening to ban YouTube and Facebook. It appears he's figured out there's a more modern and efficient way to censor content you don't want people to see: copyright. Read more from Tech Dirt.