Friday, July 31, 2015 3:13 PM PT
By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Warner/Chappell does not hold a valid copyright interest in the song "Happy Birthday to You" because new evidence reveals the song has been in the public domain since 1922, an attorney told a federal judge on Wednesday.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     (CN) - Rapper 50 Cent filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, the day he was scheduled to learn whether he owes punitive damages for posting a woman's sex tape online. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge on Monday tentatively rejected a filmmaker's claims that actress Elizabeth Banks copied his screenplay for her comedy film "Walk of Shame."

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - An aspiring rapper who wrote lyrics aimed at two high school-aged rape victims cannot avoid criminal-threat charges by arguing that his speech was protected, a California appeals court ruled. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     SAN JOSE (CN) - A federal judge fined talk radio host Barbra Alexander $300,000 for a multimillion-dollar securities fraud, on top of the 9-year prison sentence she got last year. 

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     CHICAGO (CN) - Beanie Babies creator H. Ty Warner will not go to prison for tax evasion, the Seventh Circuit ruled, citing his "overwhelming" record of charity. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge reduced the $7.4 million "Blurred Lines" verdict against Pharrell Williams by $2.1 million, but ruled that Marvin Gaye's family is entitled to 50 percent of future royalties. 

By ERIK DE LA GARZA 

     TYLER, Texas (CN) - A federal judge set aside a $533 million judgment against Apple and granted it a new trial on damages alone in Smartflash's copyright claims involving iTunes. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater cannot collect on an insurance claim he filed after his film archives was destroyed by a wildfire, a Texas appeals court ruled. 

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Given its "history of abuse of the court process," a California pornography company that's filed 900 copyright lawsuits this year cannot subpoena Time Warner without a hearing, a federal judge ruled.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - There was nothing unfair about proceeding with a cookbook author's sex-trafficking trial while the defendant was recovering from a prescription drug overdose, an appeals court ruled on Thursday. 

By KATHERINE PROCTOR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that claimed Disney's hit film "Frozen" violated copyright on an animator's short film, because the parties have resolved the case. 

By JEFF D. GORMAN 

     (CN) - If the FBI does not want to give the media website Gawker a copy of Hulk Hogan's full 30-minute sex tape, it needs to explain why, a federal judge ruled. 

By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - A Maryland appeals court dealt Adnan Syed, the subject of the hit podcast "Serial," a significant victory Monday afternoon ruling the convicted murderer's case should be remanded to the Baltimore City Circuit Court for further proceedings. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge Monday gave the Inflight music service for commercial airlines 20 more days to fight record companies' claims of copyright infringement.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge has rejected the idea-theft claim of screenwriting partners who claim the creator of the sitcom "New Girl" copied their script. 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - A federal judge on Monday denied Live Nation's request to throw out copyright claims related to Jay-Z's court battle over his track "Big Pimpin'." 

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - In a victory for Google, an actress cannot claim authorship over her five-second appearance in the movie trailer "Innocence of Muslims," the full 9th Circuit ruled, reversing its panel's "dubious and unprecedented" ruling on copyright law. 

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     (CN) - A man who says he discovered recording artist Drake saw his case dismissed by a federal judge May 8, but he can try again. 

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Actor James Woods claims a Twitter subscriber defamed him to hundreds of thousands of Woods' followers, and he wants to know who it is, and damages for defamation.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Film production company Nu Image claims a movie union tricked it into signing a collective bargaining agreement by lying about residual contributions to benefit plans, in a $5 million federal complaint.

By WILLIAM DOTINGA 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The ex-wife of "Empire" star Terrence Howard claims in state court that the actor assaulted her and defamed her by telling media outlets she had threatened him on social media.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 

     (CN) - A dominatrix used her sexual relationship with an elderly man to manipulate him into giving her a house and half a million dollars, he claims in Seminole County, Fla. court, alleging theft, conversion and abuse of an elderly person.

By MIKE HEUER 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Doobie Brothers do not cite the etymology of the term "doobie" in their trademark lawsuit against the Doobie Decimal System rock band, though the slang term predated the band by a few years.

By NICHOLAS IOVINO 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The Building Industry Association sued Oakland, Calif., claiming its Public Arts Requirements Ordinance is an unconstitutional imposition of forced speech.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - The childhood friend of a disgraced art dealer claims in court that he bought a one-third interest in Andrew Wyeth's "Ice Storm," before a betrayal that is a footnote a major art fraud from the turn of the century.

By JILLIAN SINGH 

     SAN JOSE (CN) - A movie producer claims in court that Willie Nelson conspired with another producer to push him out of a business he co-founded and that they owe him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The Archbishop of Los Angeles has no legal right to sell an eight-acre property to pop star Katy Perry, two nuns claim in court.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - By billing an "exclusive" on Lil Wayne's new album, Tidal made a "desperate and illegal attempt to save its struggling streaming service," Cash Money Records claims in court.

By KARINA BROWN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Producers, screenwriters and a director from the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" movies sued Fortune Star Media for $3 million on Wednesday, claiming the distributor owes them royalties.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - New York City's former police commissioner-turned-convict Bernard Kerik stiffed the ghostwriter of his book "From Jailer to Jailed" over the fruits of three years of her labor, a federal lawsuit claims.

By ROSE BOUBOUSHAIN 

     (CN) - Former American Apparel CEO Dov Charney broke promises intended to bolster his holdings in company stock and continues to interfere with the firm that fired him last year, a hedge fund claims in a lawsuit.

By KARINA BROWN 

     John Fogerty claims drummer Stuart Cook, bass player Douglas Clifford and Poor Boy Productions violated a settlement agreement over use of the name Creedence Clearwater Revival.

By ROSE BOUBOUSHIAN 

     (CN) - Fox News pulled the plug on what was to be its first-ever reality show, the producer of the History Channel's "Pawn Stars" claims in court, seeking $4.5 million.

By KARINA BROWN 

     A woman who attended a Justin Bieber concert two years ago in Philadelphia tripped over wires, she claims in court.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The man who invented, or re-invented, "The Game of Life" board game claims Hasbro and Linkletter Holdings cheated him of royalties by licensing the game for a TV show and slot machines.

By CHRIS FRY 

     NEWTON, N.J. (CN) - Realtors steered homebuyers to a former "sex club" without disclosing that past or the webcams in the basement, a couple claims in court.

By DAVID LEE 

     DALLAS (CN) - The widow of one of nine bikers killed in a shootout at a Twin Peaks "breastaurant" in Waco sued the restaurant's franchisee and former corporate parent, claiming they profited from selling alcohol to armed gangs.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Lionsgate threatened a multimillion lawsuit over an advertisement of a man lifting a piggy bank over the tagline "Nobody puts your old 401(k) in the corner," TD Ameritrade claims in court.

By MATT REYNOLDS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Gospel music singer-producer Tim Miner and his wife "prey on religious people who want to break into the entertainment industry," a young singer-songwriter claims in court.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Matt Groening's former nanny claims in court that the "Simpsons" creator stiffed her for overtime and fired her when she complained about it.

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN (CN) - Actor Harvey Keitel sued E*Trade for $1.5 million, claiming it reneged on a deal to make him its spokesman.

By BARBARA LEONARD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - From Paris to New Hampshire, kaleidoscopic new marketing by Starbucks infringes on an artist's work, the New Yorker claims in court.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - Swapping out wood that rotted for a decade in a German museum scuttled the $1.4 million purchase of artist Cady Noland's "Log Cabin," a collector claims in Federal Court.

By JAMIE ROSS 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - The producer of "The Osbournes" TV show sued a company partly owned by Ozzy Osbourne's son, claiming it has no right to reboot the show or make a spinoff.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A Dominican musician who says he tamed the bawdy bachata claims a New York City radio host defamed him, and demands $5 million for it in court.

By MIKE HEUER 

     LAS VEGAS (CN) - A promoter for Wynn Resorts nightclubs raped a hotel guest after buying her drinks and locking her husband in a car, the couple claim in court.

By NICK DIVITO 

     BROOKLYN (CN) - Nine artists whose spray-paint artwork at the "Graffiti Mecca" known as 5Pointz in Long Island City was whitewashed to make way for a residential development have filed a federal lawsuit for punitive damages.

From TECHDIRT 

     In Australia, copyright law does not treat unpublished works the same way as published ones; now a group of librarians is pulling an online stunt in order to get the public interested in making that change. Read more from TechDirt.

From TECHCRUNCH 

     The problem with exclusives on services like Tidal or Spotify is that only the tiny percentage of people who pay for their subscriptions can hear these songs when they want. It could have been the same with Apple. Read more from TechCrunch.

From POYNTER 

      After negotiations with representatives from news organizations and professional associations, pop star Taylor Swift has agreed to revise a photography contract for her "1989 World Tour" that several news organizations and photojournalists condemned for being too restrictive. Read more from Poynter.

From THE VERGE 

     Apple's 30 percent App Store tax is being scrutinized by the Feds. Read more from The Verge.

From THE NEXT WEB 

     The tiny extension made YouTube into a viable music service by offering a button in your browser for quickly building a queue of songs and playing them in the background. Read more from The Next Web.

From TIME MAGAZINE 

     Whatever ugly memories they bring up, TV shows are still part of our cultural history. Read more from Time Magazine.

     Netflix is ready to become a home for feature films, giving the industry a new outlet for movie production in an era of declining ticket sales - a trend that has led to a large influx of what studios' believe will be sure-fire hits, like remakes and sequels. Read more from TechCrunch.

From THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER 

     The streaming service will pay $192 million to the network's owner Viacom and the show's creative team for a three-year extension. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter.

From THE OREGONIAN 

     Deen Castronovo, drummer for the rock band Journey and Salem native, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on accusations of rape, sexual abuse and assault. Read more from The Oregonian.

From CNET 

     Sony's PlayStation live TV streaming service is launching tonight in new markets, as well as offering an a la carte service. Read more from CNet.

From TECHCRUNCH 

     It appears that Showtime's standalone streaming service was not locked into an exclusive deal with Apple, as the network announced that the new service will also become available on Roku and Sony's PlayStation Vue at launch. Read more from TechCrunch.

From JERUSALEM POST 

     Court Grants massive defamation award to filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici over fraud claims against the 2007 documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus," which concludes Jesus was buried, his lost tomb was found in Jerusalem and that he had married Mary Magdalene and had children with her. Read more from Jerusalem Post.

From THE NEW YORK TIMES 

     Despite a tenure marred by a major legislative setback and a slow response to the Sony computer attack, Christopher J. Dodd, the leader of Hollywood's top lobbying organization, was given a three-year contract extension. Read more from The New York Times.

From ARS TECHNICA 

     Company wants to encourage content creators to stay with Apple by improving margins. Read more from Ars Technica.

From TECHDIRT 

     Netflix CEO Reed Hastings confirmed that looking at pirate sites to find out what people were interested in did indeed work out well in the Netherlands, and that this gives him confidence Netflix will thrive when it launches later this year in Spain -- a country that has traditionally had a high level of piracy. Read more from TechDirt.

From WIRED 

     Netflix's Stock Reached an all time high today forthe third day in a row. Shares peaked today at $628.50 a pop. And some analysts expect the price to keep climbing. Read more from Netflix.

From RE/CODE 

     Twitter announced a partnership with Google back in February that would surface Tweets in Google search results. Now that partnership is up and running. Read more from re/code.