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February 2018 Archives

Taylor Swift Song Doesn't Violate Copyright

As an artist or inventor, it's important to be able to protect your work. And if you feel that someone has stolen your work, you want the credit and your share of the profits. That's why songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler filed a lawsuit against Taylor Swift. They claimed that some lyrics in her song "Shake It Off" were the result of copyright infringement. But, a California federal judge didn't agree with them and dismissed their copyright lawsuit against Swift.

IMDb Age Law Violates First Amendment, Court Rules

Celebrities are usually known for being sensitive about revealing their age. In fact, AB 1687 was passed in California to restrict the disclosure of actors' ages (if requested by an actor) on entertainment databases that required a subscription. However, a federal judge has ruled that the law violates the First Amendment.

Lawsuit Claims Harvey Weinstein Issued Death Threats to Employees

Another day, another lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein. Weinstein was one of the powerful figures in Hollywood up until being accused of sexual harassment and assault by several women. The latest lawsuit filed by the New York Attorney General is a result of a four month investigation.

This lawsuit has been filed against Weinstein, his brother, and the The Weinstein Company and alleges, among other things, that Weinstein issued death threats against employees and their families. This lawsuit adds to the list of lawsuits that have been filed against Weinstein, including a federal RICO lawsuit.

Jared Fogle Claims Judge Was Biased Because She Has Teenage Daughters

Jared Fogle, who became famous as the face of Subway's healthy sandwiches, is back in the news. And it's not for sandwiches. Back in 2015, it came to light that Fogle possessed child pornography and had a thing for minors.

Instead of going to trial, Fogle plead guilty to child porn and sex charges in return for a plea agreement where he was subject to anything between 5 years and 12.5 years in prison. The judge, however, sentenced Fogle to more than 15 years in prison for the crimes. Now, Fogle is claiming that the judge was biased because she has teenage daughters.

Chuck Norris Sues for 'Walker, Texas Ranger' Profits

It seems that when it comes to celebrities, one of the most common reasons for contract disputes is unpaid profits or royalties. And Chuck Norris is the latest celebrity to sue for unpaid profits. Norris, through his production company -- Top Kick Productions -- has sued CBS for profits from Walker, Texas Ranger.

As per the lawsuit, CBS was supposed to pay Norris 23 percent "of profits earned from any, and all, exploitation of Walker" when it agreed to become the primary distributor of Walker, and by failing to do so, breached their contract.