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The jury in the lawsuit over Pharrell and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" found the song stole elements from Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Now the duo owe Gaye's children $7.3 million in combined damages and a share of profits from the newer song.

The jury award is the largest in a copyright infringement case, and critics wonder if it might have a chilling effect on the way new music is created.

Smooth rock duo Hall & Oates are suing a Brooklyn food company that's selling "Haulin' Oats" granola, claiming it violates their trademark moniker.

Not only did Early Bird Foods name one of their six granola flavors after Daryl Hall and John Oates, but they offered a coupon code, "SayItIsntSo," after the rock and soul singers' 1983 hit song.

Don't you just love that one line in Taylor Swift's song so much that you want to put it on a T-shirt? Be careful, because you may soon be infringing on her trademark.

Taylor Swift recently applied to trademark several phrases from her "1989" album, including "Party like it's 1989," "This sick beat," "Cause we never go out of style," "Could show you incredible things," and "Nice to meet you, where you been."

If Swift is successful in her trademark applications, she'll be "the first musician to stake this kind of claim on words," Forbes reports. Why is she doing this?

Ohio model Nicole Forni is suing after her lingerie photos were sold, allegedly without her consent, and wound up being used for a variety of pornographic products.

Forni, 23, signed up for an admittedly racy lingerie shoot with photographer Joshua Resnick, but only on the promise that the titillating pics not be used in an "adult-oriented, pornographic, or obscene manner." The New York Post reports that Forni was shocked to find her picture on the cover of erotica e-books and "other adult-photo companies'" websites.

Forni can't wrench her photo back from the gaping maw of the Internet, so what is she hoping to gain?

"The Steve Harvey Show" has been slapped with a $42.3 million lawsuit over allegations that the program stole music owned by the We 3 Kings.

The music publishing company claims that the self-titled show of comedian Steve Harvey used its unlicensed music without its permission and without paying We 3 Kings a dime, reports The Jasmine Brand. We 3 Kings isn't just suing Steve Harvey's show and him personally, the company has also named every single broadcast group and station responsible for airing the allegedly infringing segments.

Does this music theft suit strike any legal chords?

It appears that podcaster Adam Carolla has seized victory from the jaws of the patent troll... or at least a favorable settlement.

As part of the settlement, both the patent troll and Carolla (along with his business partners) agreed to drop claims against each other over use of U.S. Patent No. 8,112,504, describing a "system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence." According to Courthouse News Service, Carolla had raised more than $475,000 for the Save Our Podcasts Legal Defense Fund, which funded Carolla and his podcast entities' legal defense from a patent infringement claim.

As the dust settles on Carolla's bout with the patent troll, what have we learned?

Oil giant ExxonMobil won a small victory in a Texas federal court this week. A judge allowed its trademark dilution claims to proceed against the FXX network over the "XX" design in their logos.

Both ExxonMobil and the FXX network (owned by Fox) feature stylized interlocking Xs in their logos; Exxon is claiming under Texas state law that FXX is watering down the commercial impact of its logo. The Hollywood Reporter notes that FXX already owns the standard trademark to "FXX," claiming this bars any trademark dilution claims against the network.

The federal judge sided with Exxon and allowed the suit to proceed, but why?

Director Terry Gilliam is being sued over a mural in his new movie "Zero Theorem" that street artists claim he lifted from a real-life mural in Argentina.

In a suit filed in federal court in Illinois on Wednesday, a group of street artists (two from Argentina and one from Canada) claim that Gilliam's newest film infringes on a copyright they hold on the "Castillo" mural in Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plaintiffs claim that a mural covering the protagonist's living quarters in "Zero Theorem" is a rip-off of their well known work.

Can you copyright a mural, and if so, did Terry Gilliam infringe on it?

"Top Chef" is apparently going out to sea. In a new celebrity cruise venture called "Top Chef at Sea," contestants from prior seasons are set to compete on various cruise ships. Bravo describes how cruise guests can compete in "Top Chef"-style challenges and attend cooking demonstrations with the "Cheftestants." But according to a lawsuit, this was all someone else's idea.

Three producers are claiming that they cooked up the notion for a reality-show-meets-cruise event, and that both NBC and Bravo burned them.

When is an idea like "Top Chef at Sea" worth suing over?

Film studio Lionsgate has filed a federal lawsuit against "John Does 1-10" following the online leak of an advanced copy of "Expendables 3," due out later this month.

High-quality copies of the film available at several torrent-sharing websites have all been linked back to the same original file. The company first discovered the pirated digital copy on July 24th, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Since then, the file has been downloaded more than a million times.

What does Lionsgate's lawsuit allege, and how do you sue someone if you don't know who they are?