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Monroe’s Estate Denied Publicity Rights

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A federal appeals court has ruled that Marilyn Monroe’s estate gave up its publicity rights by claiming Monroe was a resident of New York to avoid California taxes, and therefore cannot now stop two companies from selling images of the iconic actress. The estate sued Milton H. Green Archives and Tom Kelley Studios in 2005 […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

September 30th, 2012 at 8:50 am

Kardashian and Old Navy Settle Lawsuit Over Advertisement

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Kim Kardashian has reached an agreement with Old Navy over a commercial that the socialite and businesswoman claimed ran afoul of her publicity rights. The 2011 Old Navy advertisement in question, “Super C-U-T-E,” featured a singer/model who Kardashian claimed looked so much like her that her fans could be confused into believing that she herself […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 30th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

NBA Owner Sues Blogger Over “Unflattering” Photo

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Miami Heat minority owner Raanan Katz didn’t like a photo of him that has been published, so he’s suing the blogger that put it online as well as Google alleging copyright infringement. The complaint maintains that Katz first pursued a remedy via the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) (twice), requesting that Google remove the “unflattering” […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

June 27th, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Veteran Ordered to Pay Defendants’ Legal Fees in Hurt Locker Lawsuit

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A federal district judge has ordered the U.S. Army veteran that sued the makers of the Oscar-winning film The Hurt Locker to pay their legal defense fees in the amount of nearly $200,000. Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver had filed a lawsuit against Summit Entertainment LLC, screenwriter Mark Boal, and director Kathryn Bigelow alleging that the […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

December 22nd, 2011 at 1:29 pm