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Megaupload Prepared To Sue Universal Music Group

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Because who the hell do they think they are!

As we reported earlier, Megaupload had some major success in getting so A-list music stars to appear in a music video endorsing the site. Everyone from Diddy to Mary J Blige lent their celebrity to the cause, hoping to spread the good word of using the file sharing site.

But not everyone was thrilled with the video; namely, Universal Music Group, as several of their top performers were involved and they didn't see a dime for it. Immediately, they had YouTube pull the "Mega Song" off the site, claiming that it was infriging on material they had the copyright to.

Friends, that just isn't so and Megaupload is out to prove it with one hell of lawsuit! The site is lawyering up Megaupload CEO David Robb had this to say about the controversy this morning:

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Move Over, iTunes! Google Launching Its Music Store TOMORROW!!!

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Exciting!

For a while now, Google had been teasing plans for a music store, and now it's finally happening!

Google's music store will open tomorrow, and the company is VERY close to signing a major deal with Universal Music Group! Awesome!

Thus far, Google's

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RiRi Gets Sued AGAIN For S&M Music Video!

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She just can't catch a break with this one, can she?!

Rihanna is once again facing legal trouble for the music video for her single, S&M, just four months after David LaChapelle filed a lawsuit claiming she ripped off his work!

Apparently, 19-year-old Phillipp Paulus has alleged that a sequence in the clip, which featured the pop star held against a wall with plastic wrape and black tape in X-marks, directly rips off a series of fashion photos he did called Paperworld!

They attempted to settle with Universal Music Group, but after the agreement fell apart, Paulus now plans to sue.

His lawyer, Philip Jakober, explains:

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Tommy Hilfiger's Ready To Rock With Universal

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Tommy Hilfiger's breaking into the music biz, but it's not what you think.

On Wednesday, Universal Music Group announced the American designer has signed on to develop rock n' roll-inspired clothing.

Tommy will work with the label's artists to create new branded merchandise, which will be sold in high-end boutiques and department store this fall.

Inneresting.

This has the potential to be amazing or cheesy. We certainly hope it's not the latter.

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Supreme Court Doesn't Care About Eminem Legal Dramz

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Looks like they'll have to figure this out somewhere else!

Supreme Court has refused to get involved in a dispute between Eminem's former prod company, F.B.T. productions, and Universal Music Group.

The drama has to do with downloads of Em's songs & ringtones.

According to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, F.B.T. Productions LLC's contract "entitled Eminem and his producers to a 50-50 split with Universal for recordings licensed to digital distributors such as Apple Inc.'s iTunes."

F.B.T. and Em had been paid 12 percent of sales, which is the "agreed-upon rate for physical albums."

Hopefully they're able to resolve everything as painlessly as possible sans Supreme Court.

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