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Taylor Swift to Trademark Lyrics

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“That sick beat,” “Could show you incredible things,” “Nice to meet you. Where you been?” Sound familiar? According to Time, Taylor Swift has applied to trademark these lyrics, among others, from her recent album, 1989. But these sound like ordinary, everyday sayings–can Swift successfully obtain a trademark to these phrases? Yes. While a trademark cannot be an […]

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Celebrity Endorsements Gone Wrong

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lexington Insurance Co. (a unit of AIG) has developed a new type of insurance–one that will protect companies when their celebrity endorser makes headlines (in a negative way). Previously, brands would either cancel their contracts with the celebrity, pull advertisements, or even remove the endorsed product from the market when […]

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Dish Hopper Ruling

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According to the LA Times, earlier this month, District Judge Dolly M. Gee, ruled in favor of the Dish Network’s implementation of several program recording tools. In 2012 and 2013, Dish unveiled four different mechanisms for recording shows–Dish Hopper, Prime Time Anytime, AutoHop, and Hopper Transfers. While the case originally named several large networks as plaintiffs, […]

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Sony Pictures Hack

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According to Fox News, there may be a connection between the hack on Sony Pictures’ computer network and North Korea. Apparently, the malware that was placed on the computers was written in Korean; however, some think that this was a purposeful attempt to confuse investigators as to the origin of the attack. Authorities still are […]

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Breakdown Services Lawsuit

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, Breakdown Services is seeking a preliminary injunction against  three individuals–Frank Moran, Louise Yanofsky and Steven Rubin–who manipulated the system to bypass a credential check. Breakdown Services receives scripts and requests for script reads from casting directors. Then these submissions are sent to licensed talent agents and qualified personal managers who screen the roles before […]

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En Banc Hearing for the Innocence of Muslims Case

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According to Variety, Judge Sidney Thomas for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, ordered that the “Innocence of Muslims” video case be reheard en banc this upcoming December. The previous ruling shocked tech firms as the 9th Circuit ruled that Cindy Lee Garcia held a copyright interest in her very small role in the film, and ordered […]

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Taylor Swift: No More Spotify

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According to the Wall Street Journal, on Monday Taylor Swift removed her music from the streaming service, Spotify. Recently, Ms. Swift’s label, Big Machine Label Group, requested that Spotify release her new album on its platform only in the United States (as the label tries to grow her fan base internationally). However, Spotify did not […]

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More Legal Woes for Lindsay Lohan

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According to the New York Daily News, Lindsay Lohan and her brother Michael Lohan, face a million dollar lawsuit over their mobile application, Vigme. The app allows users to identify clothes worn by celebrities and make purchases in the app. However, Fima Potik claims that Lohan stole the business idea from his app, Spotted Friend. […]

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New Meaning of MVPD: A Future for Aereo?

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, on Tuesday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote a blog post indicating that the FCC is considering a rule making proceeding to revise the definition of a multichannel video programming distributor (MVPD) to include online video providers. Wheeler mentioned that he hopes to update the definition to be technology neutral. Extending […]

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Kesha Sexual Abuse Case Updates

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According to the Hollywood Reporter, last week Kesha filed a lawsuit against the producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald for sexual abuse. The case began when Kesha was 18 years old and dropped out of high school at Dr. Luke’s suggestion. She eventually signed with Dr. Luke in 2005. The filed suit claims that Dr. Luke raped Ms. […]

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