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Viacom and Google settle YouTube lawsuit

Viacom says it’s settled its $1 billion copyright lawsuit against YouTube.

Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

New York-based Viacom Inc. filed the suit in 2007, claiming that YouTube was aware that thousands of videos on its site were stolen from its TV networks such as Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon.

Litigation dragged on for years, but a federal judge ruled last year that the online video site didn’t have to police itself as long as it removed infringing videos when copyright owners gave it notice.

Viacom and Google Inc., which bought YouTube in 2006, say the settlement reflects increasing talks between the two companies related to important opportunities.

Judge Judy files suit against Connecticut lawyer

Television’s Judge Judy filed a lawsuit Wednesday against a Connecticut personal-injury lawyer, alleging that he used her image without authorization in advertisements that falsely suggested she had endorsed his firm.

The lawsuit filed in federal court seeks more than $75,000 in damages from Hartford attorney John Haymond and his firm.

Judith Sheindlin, a retired Family Court judge who has starred in Judge Judy for 18 years, said this is the first time she has filed a lawsuit against anyone. She said the unauthorized use of her name and image is “outrageous” and requires action.

“Mr. Haymond is a lawyer and should know better,” Sheindlin said in a written statement.

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Lawsuit filed over Jenni Rivera plane crash death

The husband of Jenni Rivera is suing the owners of the plane that crashed in northern Mexico in December 2012, killing the Mexican-American pop star and six others.

City News Service says former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza filed the wrongful death case Friday in Los Angeles.

Among other things, the lawsuit claims that the pilots weren’t licensed to fly paying passengers.

Rivera sold more than 15 million records.

The 43-year-old superstar filed for divorce from Loaiza two months before the crash, but the lawsuit says he continued to receive financial benefits from her.

A call to Mark Velasquez, a San Diego attorney representing plane owner Starwood Management, wasn’t immediately returned.

J.K. Rowling sues U.K. paper for libel

Much like Harry Potter circa Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowling is having problems with a newspaper falsifying stories.

The Harry Potter author is suing U.K. paper Daily Mail over a story with the headline, “How J.K. Rowling’s sob story about her past as a single mother has left the churchgoers who cared for her upset and bewildered,” according to U.K. paper The Guardian.

The Daily Mail article misrepresented her comments, the lawsuit explains, and in doing that “it injured her reputation and caused her great distress and embarrassment,” per The Guardian. The offending article — which has been taken offline — “suggested Rowling had given ‘a knowingly false account of her time as a single mother in Edinburgh,’ and she had ‘falsely and inexcusably accused her fellow churchgoers of behaving in a bigoted, unchristian manner towards her, of stigmatising her and cruelly taunting her for being a single mother.’” READ FULL STORY

Tom Cruise settles defamation lawsuit

The publisher of two tabloid magazines said it never intended to imply that Tom Cruise had cut all ties to his daughter after his divorce and announced Friday that it had reached a settlement with the actor over two stories it published.

Bauer Publishing and Cruise’s lawyer wrote in a joint statement that the terms of the settlement were confidential.

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Beastie Boys' 'Girls' sets off copyright fight for viral video

GoldieBlox is a company dedicated to selling sophisticated toys for girls. However, after one of GoldieBlox’s videos featured alternative lyrics to the Beastie Boys song “Girls,” The Hollywood Reporter says the company has filed a lawsuit against Island Def Jam Music Group claiming that “the Beastie Boys have now threatened GoldieBlox with copyright infringement. Lawyers for the Beastie Boys claim that the GoldieBlox Girls Parody Video is a copyright infringement, is not a fair use, and that GoldieBlox’s unauthorized use of the Beastie Boys intellectual property is a ‘big problem’ that has a ‘very significant impact.’”

GoldieBlox is asking for their song to be declared a parody “to clarify the rights of the parties, and to refute the baseless assertion of copyright infringement finally and definitively. Plaintiff seeks a declaratory judgment holding that its parody video does not infringe any copyrights held by Defendants and is protected by the Fair Use Doctrine.”

You can read the complaint here via THR, and watch the video in question below:
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Spike Lee wants Zimmerman tweet lawsuit tossed out

Spike Lee is asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit filed by a Florida couple who say the movie director mistakenly retweeted their address as the home of George Zimmerman.

Lee’s attorneys filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Elaine and David McClain. Lee’s attorneys argue the lawsuit should be dismissed since the couple reached a $10,000 settlement with Lee last year.

The McClains say Lee tweeted their address instead of the one that belonged to Zimmerman, who was acquitted last summer in Trayvon Martin’s shooting death.

The McClains say they received death threats and had to temporarily move out of their home. Lee’s attorneys say the couple is seeking $1.2 million.

Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson's estate

Quincy Jones has sued Michael Jackson’s estate, claiming he is owed millions in royalties and production fees on some of the superstar’s greatest hits.

Jones’ lawsuit Friday seeks at least $10 million from the singer’s estate and Sony Music Entertainment, claiming the entities improperly re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties and production fees. The music has been used in the film This Is It and a pair of Cirque du Soleil shows based on the King of Pop’s songs, the lawsuit states.

Jones also claims that he should have received a producer’s credit on the music in This Is It. His lawsuit seeks an accounting of the estate’s profits from the works so that Jones can determine how much he is owed.

The producer worked with Jackson on three of his most popular solo albums, Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad.

Jackson’s estate wrote in a statement that it was saddened by Jones’ lawsuit. “To the best of its knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael,” the statement said.

An after-hours message left at Sony Music’s New York offices was not immediately returned.

Jackson’s hits “Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” are among the songs Jones claims were re-edited to deprive him of royalties and his producer’s fee.

Jones’ lawsuit states the producer’s contracts called for him to have the first opportunity to re-edit or alter the songs, in part to protect his reputation.

Sugar Ray band members sue Mark McGrath

Two original members of the rock band Sugar Ray, bass player Matthew Murphy Karges and drummer Charles Stanton Frazier, sued frontman Mark McGrath and guitarist Rodney Sheppard, claiming they smeared them on Twitter and cheated them of money. The court papers allege  breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, unjust enrichment, and other counts.

“Not content to simply misappropriate the Sugar Ray trademark by licensing it to a newly created shell corporation or unlawfully divert an additional 48 percent of the band’s revenues into his own pocket, McGrath spent the last year engaging in a bitter campaign to destroy the personal and professional reputations of Frazier and Karges,” court papers obtained by EW state.

Karges and Frazier also claim that McGrath effectively hijacked the recording of Music for Cougars, the band’s most recent LP. The plaintiffs want their cut of touring revenue and future Sugar Ray money.

Michael Jackson's ex-wife testifies about his fear of pain

Michael Jackson’s ex-wife broke into tears Wednesday when she took the witness stand in a civil case and described the singer’s fear of pain and trust of physicians.

Debbie Rowe said the pop star trusted doctors to prescribe pain medication to him, but they sometimes tried to outdo each other while losing sight of Jackson’s care.

“Michael had a very low pain tolerance and his fear of pain was incredible,” Rowe said. “I think the doctors took advantage of him that way.”

She said she was with Jackson when he received treatments from his longtime dermatologist Dr. Arnold Klein and from plastic surgeon Dr. Steven Hoefflin. The two doctors would try to out-do each other in the pain medications they gave the singer, she said.

The doctors “were going back and forth the whole time, not caring about him,” Rowe told jurors.

Rowe is the mother of the singer’s two oldest children, Prince and Paris Jackson. She and the pop star were married from 1996 to 1999. Rowe also worked with Klein.
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