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Prince Is Dead: Who Owns the Music?

Halt your red corvettes. Remove your raspberry berets. Take a moment of silence in the purple rain. Prince is dead.

The pop royal was tiny in stature, but he was a hugely influential musical figure, and died relatively young, quite suddenly. Prince was only 57 years old. He leaves behind a lot of music and presumably a sizeable estate. What happened to him and what happens next?

Lawsuit Claims Kendrick Lamar's Song 'I Do This' Is a Total Copy

Apparently Kendrick Lamar didn't do much on "I do this." The rap star is being sued for use of a 1975 song in work he produced before he was huge. Mattie Music Group, the company that claims ownership of Bill Withers' original "Don't You Want to Stay," says Lamar did not get permission to use the song.

Legal documents filed by the company say Kendrick's 2009 track is a total copy of the original, according to TMZ, and it "consists of nothing more than new rap and hip hop lyrics set to the pre-existing music." But Stereogum reports that the suit is likely to be a bust because Lamar added substantially to his production and didn't make money off his song.

Facial Animation Tech Fight: Who Owns Deadpool's Smile?

Animated characters today can make facial expressions that are as subtle as those of a human actor. That's because people do make those expressions and increasingly sophisticated technology is used to translate these into animation. Think of the films "Deadpool" and "Avengers: Age of Ultron."

Now, in a very convoluted lawsuit, the ownership of Mova, a facial animation program, is being challenged, according to the New York Times. The technology won a technical Academy Award last year and is at the center of a copyright and patent dispute that could lead to a court blocking distribution of movies that use it. Let's look at some details.

Lauren Conrad Blog Sued for Surfing Dog Photos

Former The Hills reality television star Lauren Conrad, now known for her lifestyle blog, is being sued for her use of two surfing dog photos on her website. Given that the site is a commercial enterprise, and promotes Conrad's brand, the plaintiff, Incredible Features, Inc. expressed wonder in its complaint that the blogger did not pay for the content.

But they did it with humor, according to TMZ, which reports that the court filing is "a pretty entertaining read." So let's see what Incredible Features has to say about Conrad's alleged failure to pay for the images of the surfing dogs that it owns.

50 Cent Sues Rick Ross for Copyright Infringement

Rapper 50 Cent, or Curtis Jackson, is suing his longtime rival Rick Ross for copyright infringement, according to TMZ. This lawsuit is part of a series of musical, legal, and personal battles between the two that spans years and has gotten 50 in some pretty serious trouble recently.

Now 50 Cent is saying Rick Ross, or William Roberts, infringed his copyright for the hit "In Da Club," using it without permission to freestyle jabs at 50 Cent when the song's creator lost a lawsuit. To really understand this story, we must go back to the beginning of this rivalry.

French Artist Orlan Takes Lady Gaga Plagiarism Suit to NY

Pop diva Lady Gaga seems pretty independently creative. But she is being sued for copying another apparently creative lady. A French artist claims that Gaga got the idea to put bumps in her face in a 2011 music video from Orlan's "carnal art" projects.

Orlan sued Gaga for plagiarizing her work, according to Page Six, claiming 7.5 percent of profits from Gaga's "Born This Way" album, or $31.7 million. Orlan's attorneys intend to subpoena Gaga's creative team in New York and question them about the styling of the video, which Orlan says is a copy of her life's work, her carnal art.

Jenner Sister T-Shirts Inspire Lawsuit and Settlement

Kendall and Kylie Jenner's PacSun t-shirts were removed from stores this week and a lawsuit with Island Company has been settled, according to the Daily Mail. The famous fashionable sisters "created" a t-shirt for PacSun with an inspiring slogan that seems to be a truncated version of a campaign popularized by the Island Company already.

Resort clothing brand Island Company sued the sisters, arguing that their t-shirts would dilute the Island Company brand and cause confusion. The brand is said to be popular with Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, and Cameron Diaz. PacSun removed the shirts from stores but there was no word from the company or the sisters on the intellectual property dispute or the settlement.

Stop me if you've heard this one: two guys walk onto a plane...

Actually, I read that one on Twitter. At least, that's what one long-time joke writer is saying about a joke Conan O'Brien told on-air, allegedly the same night the writer posted it online. Coincidence? Or yet another incidence of joke theft in the modern world?

It's a story almost too odd to already be cliche: Hammond, Indiana police literally pulled the plug on a holographic Chief Keef performance. It's the second time in as many weeks that such a Keef show has been shut down, after a similar appearance was previously shut down in Chicago.

Performing as a hologram is somewhat necessary for Chief Keef in the Midwest, due to several outstanding arrest warrants. The performance shutdowns were allegedly based on safety fears.

The Internet exploded last weekend when it seemed that two of its darlings, Taylor Swift and Apple, were locked in a titanic battle over artists' rights and fair compensation for music online. Apple was rolling out its latest music innovation, only without the best-selling album of 2014. Who would blink first?

Apple, as it turns out. But now that their public spat seems to be over, what does that mean for tech's biggest company, "the most powerful person in the music industry," and all the little people trailing in the contestants' wake?