State constitutions may protect players who are fined for violating the NFL’s ban on protests during the national anthem, according to incoming Harvard law professor Nikolas Bowie. The revised NFL policy gives players a choice of remaining in the locker room or standing on the field during the anthem. In an article for Slate, Bowie […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter The battle over a $16 million song explored how much similarity is too much. Good artists borrow. Great artists steal. On Tuesday, a California federal jury delivered its own message to artists everywhere that inspiration can rise to copyright infringement. The verdict was reached after eight days of trial […]

By Eriq Gardner & Austin Siegemund-Broka, The Hollywood Reporter The second week of trial has damages experts opening up about closely guarded financial secrets. As the Blurred Lines trial resumed, jurors got an inside peek at the financial success of the song credited to Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. Both sides agree with an accounting […]

Her’s an update on the “Blurred Line’s” trial. By Austin Siegemund-Broka, The Hollywood Reporter The trial over whether Robin Thicke and Pharrell copied their 2013 megahit comes down to complex musicology. Following testimony from a Motown executive and a piano medley by Robin Thickeduring the previous week’s proceedings, Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. will return […]

By Austin Siegemund-Broka, The Hollywood Reporter Jennifer Lee Pryor doesn’t find an online vendor’s design so funny. An image of Richard Pryor superimposed with the word “swag” has earned a T-shirt designer a lawsuit from the comedian’s widow. In a concise 6-page complaint, Jennifer Lee Pryor claims that the online-based FretShirt has infringed her rights to the […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is the latest to reject arguments from Stan Lee’s former company While the company abandoned by comic book genius Stan Lee has proven that decision after decision won’t deter it from attempts to vindicate rights to iconic superheroes like Fantastic Four, X-Men and Spider-Man, […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter The complaint says that the studio went on a public relations campaign rather than give employees notice about the scope of the breach It’s officially a class-action parade as yet another complaint — the third this week after others filed on Monday and Tuesday — has been filed against […]

Phil W. Hudson, Atlanta Business Chronicle Bounce TV gained the television rights to four shows in individual, multi-year licensing agreements. The Marietta, Ga.-based broadcast television network said it acquired 72 episodes of ‘Roc’ and 90 episodes of ‘The Parent ‘Hood‘ from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution; 144 episodes of A’ Different World’ from Carsey-Werner Distribution and […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A closely-watched dispute between Smokey Robinson and his ex-wife Claudette Robinson over song rights is about to be resolved. On Thursday, the parties told a judge that they had reached a settlement in principle. The battle involves termination rights under the 1976 Copyright Act. The legendary R&B singer, whose songs […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter The inventor of a device that lets kids pretend they can shoot webs out of the palms of their hands gets to argue why Marvel continues to owe him royalties The U.S. Supreme Court has been caught in Spider-Man’s web, agreeing on Friday to review a case concerning royalty […]