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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 Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter Christopher Woodrow, former chief executive of Worldview Entertainment, is fighting hard to have his name restored as a producer on five films including the highly anticipated upcoming Warren Beatty film. And time is of the essence. Woodrow is caught up in a nasty legal fight with former colleagues at Worldview, […]

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, The Hollywood Reporter They, after all, have First Amendment rights too. Who is the anonymous person tweeting that Music Group Macao CEO Uli Behringer engages with prostitutes and evades taxes? The company which supplies audio equipment including loudspeakers, amplifiers and mixers is no closer to finding out after a federal judge in San […]

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 […]

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 […]

By Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter Are the days of hearing one of Jay Z’s biggest hits at concert over? An Egyptian film composer’s heir seeks an injunction. The marathon litigation over Jay Z‘s sampling of an old Egyptian tune for his blockbuster song, “Big Pimpin’,” took a new turn on Wednesday after the nephew […]