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Olivia De Havilland's Legal Feud With FX Network Heads to Appeals Court

Reputation is important to almost everyone, but it's especially important to celebrities. Often, a celebrity's reputation is remembered as much as his or her work. That's why when a celebrity feels that his or her reputation has been damaged by the conduct of another person or company, it's likely that the celebrity will file defamation or false light claim.

Olivia de Havilland is one such actress. She believes that Feud: Joan and Bette, a docudrama series on FX Networks, put certain words in her mouth without getting her permission. The California Court of Appeals recently heard arguments in the actress's false light claim against FX Networks.

Kanye West Ripped Off Clothing Designs, Lawsuit Claims

Laws protecting intellectual property are very important, especially to businesses. Copyrights and trademarks are often the lifeblood of a particular business as they can be very important for brand recognition. When it comes to fashion, patterns and even colors can be very important for brand recognition.

Take for example, the red soles of Christian Louboutin shoes. When people hear the phrase "red bottoms" chances are they immediately think of Louboutins. Which is why Christian Louboutin filed a lawsuit against Yves St. Laurent (YSL) when YSL also came out with shoes that had red soles.

Although a camouflage pattern may not bring one particular brand to mind, a company that has a copyright camouflage pattern will want to protect its designs. So, it's no surprise that Jordan Outdoor Enterprises has filed a lawsuit against Kanye West's company, Yeezy Apparel, for ripping off its camouflage patterns.

Harper Lee's Estate Sues Over Broadway Musical Adaptation

Copyright protects original works of authorship, such as literary works. This protection is in place so that an author can protect his or her work from being used by someone else without permission. Of course, an author can always allow others to use the work, although he or she will usually do so through a contract, which can limit how the work may be used as well as ensure the integrity of the work.

In 2015, Harper Lee signed a contract with Rudinplay, a production company, to allow the company to adapt her book To Kill a Mockingbird into a play. However, Lee's estate has sued the production company to determine who exactly has the final authority in determining if the Broadway adaptation is consistent with the original spirit of the book.

Did Tomi Lahren Commit a Crime by Kicking Her Dog?

Tomi Lahren, a Fox News contributor, is in hot water, and it's not for making controversial statements about politics. Instead, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is upset with Lahren after she said she kicks her dog. But, did she actually commit a crime by kicking her dog? The answer, as it always seems to be when it comes to the law, is maybe.

What's a Celebrity Divorce Auction?

There are several steps in the divorce process, which can be overwhelming, especially given the emotionally-taxing effect of ending a marriage. One of the steps involved in a divorce is figuring out who owns what in marital property, and coming to an agreement on diving the property. Leave it to a celebrity to come up with a creative way to divide divorce property -- an auction.

That's what Russell Crowe and Danielle Spencer, his soon-to-be ex-wife, are doing with their marital property. The former couple's marital property will be auctioned off by Sotheby's Australia at an event titled: "The Art of Divorce."

Man Jailed for Stealing Francis McDormand's Oscar

The Academy Awards are probably the most popular of the award shows, with millions of viewers watching worldwide. So, when a person wins an Oscar, there's no mistaking who that person is, especially if you're at the show or attending the after-parties.

Despite all of this, someone tried to steal Frances McDormand's Oscar, which she won for Best Actress for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Well, Terry Bryant was unsuccessful as he was arrested on suspicion of felony theft for taking McDormand's Oscar at the Governors Ball.