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Songwriter: Um, I Wrote B.O.B.'s Airplanes Too! Gimme My Money!

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Oh snap! Someone missed their flight, LOLz!!

Christine Dominguez claims she contributed a substantial amount of work to the production of B.O.B. hit, Airplanes.

Unfortunately for her, she was completely cut out of the credit and payroll roster. And she's suing producers Kinetics and One Love for the lack of recognition.

With the papers filed in New York, her legal team states:

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Julie Taymor Slings A Spidey Lawsuit!

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Poor Julie Taymor!

It must be pretty rough being thrown around in conversations of Broadway Spiderman's many hurdles.

Not only that but she claims she's been missing out on all the sweet gold she deserves for doing her part (albeit a controversial one). And now she's ready to sling it back in the producers' faces.

The Stage Director and Choreographers' Society (SDC) have already filed a claim against the producers for failing to pay Julie her proper royalties earlier this year.

And now Julie is filing some paperwork of her own — a big, fat lawsuit!

Her lawyer states:

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Napoleon Dynamite Producers Suing Fox For $10 Million!!!

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Whoa! Such a huge amount!

Producers of the movie Napoleon Dynamite are suing Fox Searchlight for $10 million for home video royalties and television licensing fees they claim were not paid to them.

They claim that they had several distributors who were interested in buying the film at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, but they went with Fox Searchlight because of the high royalties that were offered to them.

The complaint also says that Fox Searchlight agreed to pay 31.66% of net profits on home video, however a 2008 audit shows that Fox was only paying them at a 9.66% rate!

What the…!!! NOT COOL!

They're suing for the fees, royalties and breach of contract.

They totally took advantage of the underdog. Really bad business, Fox. The movie made nearly $45 million and the producers should get their proper share. Pay up!

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Aretha Franklin's Songwriting Partner Files Lawsuit Over Royalties

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Hopefully they can get this all cleared up asap!

Norman West, a longtime songwriting partner of Aretha Franklin, has filed a lawsuit against execs at the singer's publishing company Springtime Publishing Inc.

In the lawsuit, West claims that

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Gross! Adele's Ex Wants Royalties From 19 For Being The Album's Inspiration!

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What a real piece of work!

Adele has made it no secret that many of her songs are based on the heartbreak of a relationship gone terribly sour, but now, her ex-boyfriend is apparently attempting to cause her more pain - by claiming that he deserves a cut of her royalties from the album 19, since he's the inspiration for some of the content!

She explains:

“For about a week he was calling and was deadly serious about it. Finally, I said ‘Well, you made my life hell, so I lived it and now I deserve it.' He really thought he’d had some input into the creative process by being a prick. I’ll give him the credit – he made me an adult, and put me on the road that I’m travelling.”

Unbelievable!

But at the end of the day, all the more reason his ass is on the curb, and she's reached bonafide Goddess status!

You have the last laugh, gurl! Be proud of yourself for taking a horrible situation, growing from it, and making it into something to which others can relate! We're sure if it weren't this, he'd be finding whatever reason he could to weasel his way back into your life and try to make you miserable again.

Don't waste your time being affected by him! He can suck it! LOLz!

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Brad Paisley's Generous Offer To Tornado Victims

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Very nice!

Brad Paisley's new song, Old Alabama, will surely take a rise in the charts this week and for good reason.

The country artist, overwhelmed by the destruction left in Alabama since the treacherous tornados blew through late last month, has decided to donate all artist royalties of digital singles sales in the U.S. from his current hit song to the American Red Cross which is aiding in the tornado relief.

So generous! It's so important to give back to these people who have lost so much so quickly. Well done, Brad!

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Disney Getting Sued…Over Muppets!

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Hopefully Disney can work all of this out before that next Muppets movie is released!

Former Married…With Children executive producer Russell Marcus has filed a lawsuit against Disney/Jim Henson Co./The Muppets Studio, claiming they haven't paid him royalties for coming up with the idea of a Muppet Workshop.

For those of you who haven't experienced the magic of a Muppet Workshop, it's kind of like a Build-A-Bear Workshop, only you build Muppets instead of bears (well, unless you build Fozzie…)

Marcus claims he signed an agreement in 1998 to become more involved with the "Muppet brand," and then in 2000 he pitched the Muppet Workshop concept, and a year after that Henson signed a written agreement with him which ensured that he'd get 2.5% of royalties from Muppet Workshop-related profits.

After Disney bought the Muppets though, they started placing Muppet Workshops in FAO Schwartz and then Disney theme parks. When Marcus asked about them, he says Disney claimed they haven't profited from the workshops.

Marcus is NOT convinced though, and he's suing Disney for "breach of contract, fraud and deceit, and unjust enrichment," and he's demanding compensatory damages.

Sorry to hear it, Marcus. If you in fact came up with the idea, we completely understand how you'd want the proper monetary compensation….but as Kermit says, it's not easy being making green.

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