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Rihanna to Trump Campaign: Stop the Unauthorized Use of Music at Rallies

The moment Rihanna heard that President Trump was blaring her hit song "Don't Stop The Music" at a rally at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga, she immediately tweeted she and her people were opposed and would put a stop to it. Indeed, they followed up the tweet with a cease and desist letter. One would think that in this day and age of protected intellectual property rights, an owner telling someone they don't have the right to play their music at a rally should be enough to stop the music. But it turns out, it's not that easy.

Chris Cornell Family Sues Doctor for Singer's Death

Chris Cornell, former frontman for the famous grunge band, Soundgarden, died in 2017 by hanging himself. Though the cause of death is not in dispute, the singer's wife and his family have filed a suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the doctor that allegedly over-prescribed him lorazepam for medical malpractice and willful misconduct.

Alec Baldwin was arrested in New York City today after a parking spot disagreement turned physical. Baldwin was allegedly trying to back into a space near his Greenwich Village home when another man snuck into the spot from behind.

According to reports, the actor then followed the man to the meter, punched him in the face, and sent him to the hospital. Baldwin was taken into police custody after the incident. Does President Trump have a take on the situation? You bet he does.

New allegations against Harvey Weinstein claim the disgraced movie mogul forced a then-16-year-old Polish model to touch his penis days after they'd met at a modeling agency, and later subjected her to years of harassment and emotional abuse, allegedly blocking her from a successful acting career as payback for refusing his advances.

The claims, made in a civil lawsuit filed by the victim identified only as "Jane Doe", fall in line with other accusers, who have accused Weinstein of leveraging his power in the movie industry to extort sex from women and derail careers of those that resisted.

3 Celebrities That Lost Over $1 Billion in Divorce

With alimony tax laws changing on January 1, 2019, many couples are rushing to get their divorces finalized before the end of the year. Some people may have huge estates to divide, and others might just have a family pet. Here's a list of three high-profile divorces that lost over $1 billion in the great settlement divide.

Samsung Sues Brand Influencer for Using iPhone

Celebrity brand influencers have become a major marketing tactic in recent years. But the problem with influencers? They're only human. So they make mistakes ... and cheat. And as one influencer recently learned, sometimes cheating can result in being sued.

Nicki Minaj Sued by Tracy Chapman for Copyright Infringement

Nicki Minaj is facing an interesting copyright infringement lawsuit, filed by Tracy Chapman. Minaj recorded a song, "Sorry," for her new album entitled Queen. Minaj never released "Sorry," even though Queen launched in August 2018. However, the song did find its way into the public's ear, and now Chapman claims that the song lifted too many lyrics and vocal melodies from her 1998 single, "Baby Can I Hold You," without her permission, and she wants to fight about it. Talkin' Bout a Revolution!

Kylie Jenner Sued by Alabama Makeup Company

Kylie Jenner was hit with a lawsuit earlier this week, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, for trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, and unfair competition.

Sheree Cosmetics, an Alabama company, claims that it was first to market in October 2017 with a product line called Born to Sparkle, a glitter palette of eyeshadows. Sheree founder Tiffany Herrmann claims that Kylie Jenner copied her idea, and launched Kylie Cosmetics' Born to Sparkle individual liquid glitter eye shadow in August 2018. Herrmann didn't file for a trademark with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPT) until August 30, 2018, several weeks after Kylie launched her glitter shadow as part of her 21st birthday collection.

Kevin Hart Settles Lawsuit With Laugh Out Loud Comedy Productions Owner

Kevin Hart settled an Intellectual Property suit brought against him for trademark infringement. In the end, it appear Hart's co-defendant, Lionsgate, has agreed to pay Plaintiff Scott Montoya an undisclosed sum out of their insurance policy, and both sides will cover their own legal costs.

Few cars are as synonymous with a movie as the DeLorean DMC-12 is with the Back to the Future franchise. After all, as Doc Brown said, "If you're going to build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?!" Perhaps because the DeLorean Motor Company flamed out so quickly and famously, the DMC-12 has remained one of the most iconic automobiles in history, along with its flux capacitor and 1.21 gigawatts of power needed for time travel.

But who owns the rights to that iconic image? The matter seemed to be resolved in 2015, when John DeLorean's widow Sally signed settlements with the current iteration of the DeLorean Motor Company and Universal Studios divvying up the rights and royalties to the company name and the car itself. Sally DeLorean sued DMC this year, however, claiming the company underpaid royalties owed to her, but a judge has dismissed that suit, citing the earlier settlement. Here are the details.