What on effing Earth?!
Jay-Z has reportedly been slapped with a lawsuit by a man named Patrick White, who claims that the rapper STOLE portions of his writing and incorporated them into his 2010 memoir Decoded!
According to the legal documents, filed again Jay, Dream Hampton, and Random House:
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This should ensure a long and prosperous career for the Charlie Bit My Finger kids, LOLz!!
French courts ruled in favor of YouTube, who was sued because protected content was hosted on the Google-owned website.
TF1 owns the rights to American shows de jour, like Grey’s Anatomy, and is pissed because French citizens are logging onto YouTube instead of turning on their televisions.
The station filed suit in 2008, asking for $175 mil in damages.
After the courts decreed YouTube can’t possibly prevent users from uploading illicit content, TF1 is in the hole for almost 100 grand in court costs.
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Twitter has been cracking down on any users who use the Olympic logo and are suspending them based on copyright infringement.
The Games' organizers, Locog, complained that an activist group used the trademarked image to parody the Olympics.
Only a week after Space Hijackers declared themselves the "official protesters of the London 2012 Olympic Games," Twitter suspended their account because
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The Gucci and GUESS courtroom battle came to a close this week, but not before a few tears were shed.
On Wednesday, Marc Fisher aka the CEO of GUESS's footwear licensee Marc Fisher Footwear (duh!) spent three hours on the witness stand denying Gucci's claims that his company knocked off their tri-striped motif.
The Italian company's legal pit bull
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This is so late; Tha Carter IV already came out! HA!
EMI Music has slapped Cash Money Records with threat of legal action after YMCB skipped some licensing payments.
Lil' Wayne's Tha Carter III is the only record in question and EMI previously sued Cash Money for copyright infringement of the album.
EMI and Cash Money settled and the latter agrees to pay EMI in two installments, and paid the first.
So, you guessed it: Cash Money hasn't paid the second and EMI wants THEIR cash money!
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At least that's over with!
We told you earlier that Kanye West and Jay-Z were being sued by soul musician Syl Johnson for illegally sampling his music on their song The Joy.
Well, looks like they have a reason to celebrate because the two parties settled out of court.
No other details have been released about the settlement, but we're sure everybody is happy again and Syl got his ca$h, which is what is most important, right?
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We came up with an idea about blue aliens too! Maybe we should try to get some of that Avatar $$$!!!!!! Ha!
Waaaay back in March 2010, author Zhoe Shaomou was claiming that James Cameron took the idea for Avatar directly from his 1997 novel Tale of the Blue Crows…and he was looking for $145 million in copyright infringement money.
That was the last we heard about THAT lawsuit.
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