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Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are asking the 9th Circuit to give their “Blurred Lines” appeal another listen, after the court in March upheld a jury verdict that found the artists infringed on Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” The controversial verdict has been a hot-button issue in the music industry, as songwriters, artists […]

BMI scores a legal win over the Justice Department. When radio stations, TV broadcasters, bars, restaurants, fitness clubs and others wish to transmit music to the public, they may be dealing with some complication. That’s because on Tuesday, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that BMI is not precluded by an old consent decree from […]

Rapper Snoop Dogg is suing Pabst Brewing Co. over a deal he says entitles him a portion of the proceeds from the company’s sale last year. The breach of contract lawsuit filed Monday, June 8th in Los Angeles Superior Court seeks 10 percent of the net sales price paid to Pabst for its Colt 45 malt […]

By Andy Semotiuk, Forbes Contributor Recently I traveled to Nigeria with Michael Petrucelli, the former Deputy Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and now representative of the U.S. Freedom Capital regional center in Texas and Dillon Colucci, an EB5 immigration attorney with the law firm of Greenberg Taurig. We traveled to Lagos to […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A record label aims to stop Fox from using “Empire” and has now filed counterclaims to make it happen. In March, Twentieth Century Fox filed a preemptive lawsuit against a record label doing business as Empire Distribution and denied claims that the hit TV series Empire constituted a trademark […]

By  Brittany Dandy, Black Enterprise If you’ve ever thought about owning a nonprofit but didn’t know where to start, advice from successful entrepreneurs like Jessica Sutherland, founder of Homeless to Higher Ed (H2H), may be able to help. When Sutherland began her nonprofit, it wasn’t necessarily her initial intention. After launching acrowdfunding campaign to help […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A shareholder class action asserts that the company purposely blamed attendance woes on other causes. What does pop singer Ariana Grande have to do with federal securities law? The answer comes from SeaWorld Entertainment, telling a judge on Friday to dismiss a shareholder class action alleging it failed to […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter The right to a jury trial is the latest legal concept that gets blurred in this high-profile case. As a judge gets set to figure out what to do with a jury’s $7.4 million verdict over “Blurred Lines,” an argument has erupted between the parties about the meaning of […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter  The satellite radio giant is facing a nightmare lawsuit over its performance of older songs. A huge lawsuit against SiriusXM over its performance of pre-1972 sound recordings is officially no longer just about Flo &Eddie of The Turtles. On Wednesday, the high-stakes litigation took another major step forward after […]

 By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A new lawsuit from the American Federation of Musicians counts dozens of examples, from ‘Bridesmaids’ to ‘Argo,’ where music wasn’t totally original. ‘Tis the season for much discussion about the state of originality in Hollywood. In keeping with this theme, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States […]