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Over the past four years, the Milly Rock has gone from street dance in Brooklyn to soccer celebration in London. And the video game Fortnite has garnered 200 million players, heights of popularity few games have ever seen. So perhaps it was to be expected that Fortnite characters would start Milly Rocking in the game.

There's a little problem, however -- Fortnite's creators, Epic Games, called the dance emote "Swipe It." And now the Milly Rock's creator, rapper 2 Milly, is suing Epic for copyright infringement and violations of California's right of publicity statutes.

'Scream' Mask Maker Sues Celtics Player for Copyright Infringement

Terry Rozier of the Boston Celtics, or as some call him "Scary Terry," has been slapped with a copyright lawsuit for selling 500 sweatshirts and t-shirts with his cartoon likeness while donning the iconic Scream mask without prior authorization from the alleged copyright owners.

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.

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.

When you think "Friday the 13th," you think of Jason Vorhees, stalking victims with a butcher knife from behind a hockey mask. But true fans remember that Jason wasn't the featured mass killer in the film that begat the franchise, and in fact barely appeared in it at all. Those fans may also remember that the film premiered almost 40 years ago.

Both of those facts, though, carry a lot of significance for Victor Miller, who wrote the screenplay in 1979. Miller was finally able to claw back, so to speak, his copyrights to the movie. But how far do those rights extend?

Copyright Claims Against 'Empire' Director Dismissed

Copyright claims brought by Clayton Tanksley against writer-director Lee Daniels were dismissed after the court found no substantial similarities between Daniels' hit show, Empire, and the struggling actor's screenplay, Cream. Though both shows are centered around an African-American music label executive that has been diagnosed with a life-long disease, the random similarities end there. These characters, the court found, are both generic "prototypes" and do not earn copyright protection.

Kim Kardashian Hopes to Settle the Vibes Perfume Lawsuit

In news regarding yet another Kardashian infringement lawsuit, Vibes Media has requested an extension for the court date in its suit against Kim Kardashian West in the hopes of settling out of court. In July, Vibes Media sued KKW over the similarity of its logo with the look and shape of the KKW perfume bottle, which, coincidentally, is named Vibes.

Taylor Swift Sued for 'Swift Life' Gaming App Moniker

Taylor Swift has created some Bad Blood with Patrick Benot, and he's not about to Shake It Off. Benot created a computer consulting business that he trademarked "SwiftLife" back in 2007, creating goods and services that help make life's errands more efficient. But nine years later in 2016, Taylor Swift and Glu Games launched an App entitled "The Swift Life," which is a one-stop shop for Swiftie fans.

Note: Taylor Swift has trademarked multiple iterations of the term "Swiftie." There's evidence of consumer confusion, causing Benot "endless grief" and hurting his business, claiming Everything Has Changed. Swift never asked for permission from Benot to use the trademark, and he is left wondering why she has to be so Mean.