Entertainment Law

When ABC revealed that “Black-ish” would have a spinoff, sister network Freeform raced to sign the series up. For Freeform, “Grown-ish” would hit all the right notes — it came with a proven pedigree in creator Kenya Barris, and even more important, featured a young, diverse cast. The decision was a wise one, indeed. “We […]

Talk about your blank spaces: Taylor Swift is about to have one in the spot where her label affiliation goes. In less than three months’ time, she’ll be a free agent, as the first anniversary of the release of her sixth album, “Reputation,” marks the official expiration of her obligation to Big Machine Records and […]

(CNN) With her powerhouse voice, Aretha Franklin could make any song an event. The late singer drew from a range of inspirations — her life, her loves, her faith — to bring passion to every verse. When she sang it, you believed it. Behind every great song is a story. Here are five of hers. […]

Thousands are expected to pour into Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on Tuesday and Wednesday to pay their final respects to Aretha Franklin. The setting for the public viewings could not be more fitting, according to Paula Marie Seniors, an associate professor of Africana studies at Virginia Tech. “I think it’s […]

LeBron James and his multimedia platform, Uninterrupted, were sued by a Detroit barbershop that claims trademark infringement over the NBA star’s web series. The lawsuit was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by Sebastian Jackson, owner of the The Social Club Grooming Co. He says the concept for […]

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 […]

“In short, the Appellants were erroneously ‘hustled’ out of court, and now deserve to be heard on the merits.”

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 […]

Here’s what’s happening in entertainment law news. By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter A roundup of entertainment law news including director Albert Hughes still seeking money for the aborted “Motor City.” One of the producers of Walk of Shame, starring Elizabeth Banks, is attempting to defeat a lawsuit alleging a stolen script. The complaint was […]

Here’s the latest on the “Blurred Lines” trial. By Austin Siegemund-Broka, The Hollywood Reporter Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and members of the Marvin Gaye family were on hand at a Los Angeles federal courtroom for the start of the copyright infringement trial. The “Blurred Lines” trial is underway in a Los Angeles federal courtroom. On […]