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BOBBY BROWN SUES BBC AND SHOWTIME OVER UNAUTHORIZED USE OF FOOTAGE IN WHITNEY HOUSTON DOCUMENTARY

On November 28, 2018, Bobby Brown filed suit against BBC and Showtime in a Manhattan federal court for including his copyrighted footage in a documentary about the late Whitney Houston (“Houston”). The lawsuit, filed by both Bobby Brown (“Brown”) and the estate of the Brown and Houston’s late daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown (“Kristina Brown”), alleges…

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JAY-Z PROTESTS LACK OF MINORITY ARBITRATORS WITH THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION

On November 28, 2018, recording artist Shawn Carter, p/k/a “Jay-Z,” expressed his concerns about the arbitrators available through the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) for their lack of diversity, in a New York state court filing. The famed rapper called out the AAA for having very few African-American arbitrators, and as a result he has alleged…

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CLAIM FILED ON BEHALF OF WRITERS OF SONG, “SUPER BOWL SHUFFLE”

On November 26, 2018, Red Label Music Publishing Inc. (owner of the rights to the song at issue) hit Fox Sports and several affiliates with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court, claiming that FOX Sports utilized portions of the music from the “Super Bowl Shuffle” without authorization. The “Super Bowl Shuffle,” made popular by the…

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CHRISTIAN FILM PRODUCER SENTENCED TO 63 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR STEALING $12 MILLION FROM INVESTORS

On November 27, 2018, U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood in the Southern District of New York sentenced Steven Brown (“Brown”), a producer of Christian-themed films, to sixty-three (63) months in prison for stealing $12 million from investors over an eight-year time span. In addition to Brown’s 63-month prison term, Judge Wood has ordered Brown…

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RANDOM HOUSE DISMISSED FROM “THE GIRLS” LAWSUIT

On November 19, 2018, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick in the Northern District of California dismissed Random House in a suit that claimed the author of the bestselling novel “The Girls” copied it from her ex-boyfriend’s screenplay, “All Sea,” using secretly installed spyware on this computer. Judge Orrick tossed claims of intermediate copying, conversion,…

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ALLEGED SEX CULT, WHICH INCLUDES SMALLVILLE STAR, ASKS NEW YORK COURT TO TOSS INDICTMENTS

On November 29, 2018, an alleged “self-improvement” company along with former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack (“Mack”) amongst others, requested that a New York federal court toss sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy indictments against them, calling their group a “wonderful humanitarian organization.” The head of the group, Keith Raniere (“Raniere”), who has been locked up…

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SESSION MUSICIAN SUIT CONTINUES AGAINST SAG-AFTRA

On November 6, 2018, U.S. District Judge Christina Snyder dismissed without prejudice claims filed by a class of session musicians based upon defendants’ breach of their duty of impartiality, but denied the motion to dismiss claims based upon breaches of loyalty, reasonableness and good faith. On June 22, 2018, Kiesel Law LLP and Johnson &…

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TRUMP SIGNS MUSIC MODERNIZATION ACT INTO LAW

On October 11, 2018, the Music Modernization Act (“MMA”) became the law in the United States. As previously featured in the September 26, 2018, Lowe & Associates’ article: “Music Industry Peace Treaty Known As The “Music Modernization Act” Approved By Both House and Senate,” this piece of copyright legislation will make major changes to how…

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DE HAVILLAND APPEALS TO U.S. SUPREME COURT

Olivia de Havilland is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to revive her lawsuit against FX docudrama “Feud: Bette and Joan” (see, Lowe & Associates’ April 18, 2018 article “California Appeals Court Shuts Down de Havilland Case) after the California Supreme Court refused to hear her case. In a petition for certiorari de Havilland filed…

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SECOND CIRCUIT OVERTURNS INJUNCTION AGAINST FORMER LYNYRD SKYNYRD MEMBER OVER PLANE CRASH MOVIE

On October 10, 2018, the Second Circuit overturned a lower court’s order enjoying the production of a film about the 1977 plane crash that killed three members of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Because the lower court order said the film could legally cover the “experience” of crash survivor Artimus Pyle, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s drummer from 1974-1977, but not…

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