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Jay-Z Wins Copyright Infringement Case for 'Big Pimpin'

As of Thursday, Jay-Z's 99 problems no longer include a copyright challenge to his hit song "Big Pimpin." A panel of judges for the Ninth Circuit have ruled in the rapper's favor against the relative of an Egyptian composer who claimed "Big Pimpin" looped four measures of an Arabic flute from the composer's 1957 hit "Khosara." The panel's decision included an analysis of Egyptian law regarding economic and moral infringement rights.

Harvey Weinstein Indicted for Rape, Declines to Testify at Grand Jury

By now, most of us have read horrendous details about the way Harvey Weinstein allegedly treated women over decades in the entertainment industry. Dozens of women have come forward, emboldened by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, to describe their own tragic encounters. But despite so many allegations, the movie mogul has never faced criminal charges, until now. Weinstein was finally indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in New York.

Roman Polanski Threatens Academy With Lawsuit After Expulsion

As more and more people come forward to tell their stories as victims of sexual assault inside the entertainment industry, Hollywood is trying to figure out how to react when one of their own is accused of anything from harassment to rape. While these stories and this problem are not new to the industry, victims have found new courage and solidarity in the wake of the Harvey Weistein scandal and the #MeToo movement.

Some have criticized the industry since many of the same people who expressed outrage at the Weistein scandal gave a standing ovation to Roman Polanski, a director who admitted to having sex with a child. But just last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) finally rescinded Polanski's membership, along with that of Bill Cosby. Now Polanski is threatening the academy with a lawsuit.

Stan Lee Sued by Massage Therapist for Sexual Assault

Stan Lee has created a lot of iconic characters over the years -- some good, some bad. But in a recent scandal out of Chicago, the Marvel Comics legend is the one at the center of the story, and he is certainly not depicted as the superhero.

Rather, Lee is being sued by a massage therapist for sexual assault. Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, she says she overcame her fears and decided to come forward.

Stan Lee Finally Brings a Lawsuit Against Ex-Business Manager

In what sounds like it could be a made-for-t.v. drama, comic book icon Stan Lee is suing his former business manager for fraud and elder abuse. The allegations range from theft of millions of dollars, to funding a fake non-profit, to setting up a scheme to steal Lee's blood and use it as a merchandising item. Oddly, before filing this lawsuit, Lee had threatened to sue anyone who reported that he was being taken advantage of.

One of the limitations on free speech is defamation -- you can't simply make false and damaging statements about someone else. That said, just because information tends to damage a person's reputation doesn't make it defamation. The statement must also be false.

Additionally, the press are afforded some increased legal protections in the interest of reporting the news, and public figures are afforded fewer protections as they thrust themselves into the public eye and invite close scrutiny. Both factors could come into play in Steve Wynn's defamation against the Associated Press, with the casino mogul claiming the AP reported "false accusations of rape."

Bill O'Reilly's Settlement Terms Revealed

It's been a rough year for Bill O'Reilly. Last April, he was forced out of Fox News after more than 20 years with the network. At the center of the firing were investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and other inappropriate behavior by the long-time conservative anchor. It was revealed that O'Reilly had entered into numerous settlements with women who had accused him of inappropriate behavior. Now, despite O'Reilly's best legal efforts, a federal judge has ruled that those settlement terms can be revealed to the public.

The best ideas have a ring of familiarity to them. That's why the best films and television shows are packed with either present-day authenticity or nostalgic elements from the past. Then again, there's a difference between, "Hey that looks familiar," and "Hey that was my idea."

Most fans of the hit Netflix series "Stranger Things" marvel at the array of period-specific elements, from costumes to set design and beyond. Filmmaker Charlie Kessler, on the other hand, looked at "Stranger Things" and said, "Hey that was my idea."

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.