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  1. Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams are being sued for copyright infringement over Stefani’s 2014 song “Spark the Fire,” which was co-written with Williams, as the Hollywood Reporter points out. Musician Richard Morrill, who is the former lead vocalist for L.A.P.D. (the band that would go on to become Korn), claims that Stefani’s song infringes on the copyright for his 1996 song “Who's Got My Lightah,” citing musical and lyrical similarities in the choruses of both songs. He asserts that he gave Stefani a copy of the song in the late ’90s, and is suing Stefani’s company Harajuku Lovers and Interscope Records in addition to Stefani and Williams personally. Morrill is seeking damages, “all gains and profits that they have enjoyed” at his expense, a declaration that his copyrights were infringed, and lawyer fees. Check out a copy of the suit below, as well as the songs in question. Revisit “What Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway” Trial Says About Copyright’s Increasingly Blurred Lines” and “‘Uptown Funk’ Lawsuit Could Be Crucial Amid Pop’s Copyright Wars” over on the Pitch. View the full article
  2. What? The Nintendo Switch, the convertible console formally known as the NX. The product walks the line between a home and portable console, courtesy of a docking tablet and a pair of detachable controllers that work in a number of different configurations. It also features out-of-the-box multiplayer functionality, connecting up to eight devices via Wi-Fi. How much? The U.S. MSRP for the system… Read More View the full article
  3. Last year Paramount Pictures and CBS Studios filed a lawsuit against the makers of a Star Trek inspired fan film, accusing them of copyright infringement. The case, which centers around the well-received short film Star Trek: Prelude to Axanar and the planned follow-up feature film Axanar, goes to trial later this month. In the original complaint the rightsholders claimed ownership over various Star Trek related settings, characters, species, clothing, colors, shapes, words, short phrases and even the Klingon language. In a pre-trial order earlier this month the court decided that the fan-film is not entitled to a fair use defense. In addition, it found that there is an objective substantial similarity between the fan-film and the original Star Trek works. While no ruling was made on individual items such as the Klingon language, costumes, characters or species, as a whole the overall look and feel was found to be substantially similar. This was disappointing for the makers of the fan film, but in a subsequent order this week there was also some good news. In particular for those who feared for the future of the Klingon language. The court tentatively granted a motion (pdf) from the Axanar team to preclude evidence that is unoriginal, in the public domain or owned by third parties. This motion specifically included the Klingon language, which now can’t be brought up at trial. The news is welcomed by the Language Creation Society (LCS), a non-profit that promotes the art and craft of language creation. LCS openly protested Paramount’s copyright claim over the Klingon language in recent months. They also tried to get officially involved in the case by filing an amicus brief and reply, which both used fierce Klingon statements throughout. The language is a tool for people to communicate and express ideas, something people should be allowed to do freely under U.S. law, LCS argued. Klingon in court *7/8 Paramount disagreed and the court decided that LCS was not allowed to file their motion because the issue was moot. Looking back, however, LCS believes that their efforts did make an impact. “We used Klingon in our brief to show that Klingon is a living language that anyone should be able to use without Paramount’s permission,” LCS notes. “It also serves a real purpose beyond this one case. IP law can be dry and technical. The use of Klingon — and humor — helped spread our point that languages are not copyrightable.” The good news for Klingons and their fans is that, while Paramount still claims ownership, there are no additional roadblocks to use the language. And without an order stating that Paramount has exclusive rights over the language’s use, LCS and others will continue to spread it. In fact, the legal battle actually helped it to grow and evolve. After several decades, the name Paramount now finally has a Klingon translation: pa’ra’mon. “We have not sought, nor do we need, any permission from Paramount for our use of Klingon — not even when we have created a new Klingon name for Paramount itself: pa’ra’mon,” LCS writes. “Never surrender! Success!” Source: TF, for the latest info on copyright, file-sharing, torrent sites and ANONYMOUS VPN services. View the full article
  4. The executive will stay on for six months to manage the transition. read more View the full article
  5. Showtime’s “Twin Peaks” revival is set to premiere on May 21. We’ve already seen teasers featuring Michael Horse, Angelo Badalamenti, and David Lynch (in character as Gordon Cole). In the latest teaser, Kyle MacLachlan—who played the show’s lead, Special Agent Dale Cooper—appears amid a cryptic, woodsy montage, set to Angelo Badalamenti’s “Falling.” Watch it below. Read “The Musical Legacy of Twin Peaks” on the Pitch. View the full article
  6. "This is not a normal presidency. We’ve had Republican presidents, we’ve had Democratic presidents — this is neither of those," says the Oscar-winning actress. read more View the full article
  7. Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have announced a new album of duets. McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac beginning with their 2014 tour, after stepping away from touring in 1998. According to the Los Angeles Times, the new project will not bear the Fleetwood MAc name and is tentatively titled Buckingham McVie—a throwback to Buckingham Nicks, the duet album between Buckingham and Stevie Nicks that was the impetus for Mick Fleetwood to ask them to join his band. Fleetwood is also working on the new project, as is bassist John McVie. Buckingham McVie is currently scheduled for a May release. Read our Sunday Review of Fleetwood Mac’s Tusk. View the full article
  8. Many music fans will be craving some sort of comfort — or inspiration for protest — during the first days of the Trump administration. A new subscription music service hopes to offer one, by way of 100 new songs from popular indie artists. Our First 100 Days has corralled new tracks from Mitski,... View the full article
  9. The drama had trouble casting, with sources telling THR that Paramount actually did not own the rights to the project.read more View the full article
  10. Ocean's Eight: James Corden (Trolls, above) has joined the cast of Ocean's Eight. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter are set to star. Corden will play a suspicious insurance investigator in the crime caper spin-off, to be directed by Gary Ross. [Deadline] Directors Guild: Damien Chazelle (La La Land, above with Emma Stone), Garth Davis (Lion), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester By the Sea) and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) have been nominated by the Director's Guild of America for their annual feature film award. Nominees for first-time features include Davis, Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen), Tim Miller (Deadpool), Nate Parker (The Birth of a... Read More View the full article
  11. The same day a British television network nixed plans to air a dramatized depiction of a wild urban legend about Michael Jackson following a backlash, Lifetime announced it is prepping a biopic on the late King of Pop. Based on a 2014 book from two of Jackson’s personal security guards, “Michael... View the full article
  12. With a week to go until Donald J. Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, his transition team has finally locked in a group of guests for the inauguration proceedings. Among the participants is a figure whom video game fans will never be able to forget: the musician known as DJ Ravidrums. The drummer and DJ, whose real name is Ravi Jakhotia, will appear at the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration.” The Welcome Celebration is a concert that will take place at the Lincoln Memorial on Thursday, Jan. 19, the day before the inauguration itself. View the full article
  13. Pop singer Ed Sheeran on Friday broke all-time records on Spotify as fans rushed to hear two songs from his upcoming album. Both "Shape of You" and Sheeran's other new track, "Castle on the Hill," topped previous feats for first-day streams when he released them on January 6. The album, which like Sheeran's previous two albums is named after a mathematical symbol, will come out on March 3. View the full article
  14. 'Monster Trucks' is likewise bombing after prompting Paramount to take a $115 million writedown before the movie even opened; 'Patriots Day' and 'La La Land' prosper alongside 'Hidden Figures.'read more View the full article
  15. Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) is a forthcoming documentary that chronicles the events before and after the tragic November 2015 terrorist attacks at Le Bataclan in Paris. Today, the first trailer for the film has been released. It features footage from Eagles of Death Metal’s Bataclan performance, as well as interviews with Jesse Hughes, Josh Homme, and Bono. Watch it below, via Entertainment Weekly. Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) was directed by Colin Hanks (Tom Hank’s son). The film focuses on Hughes and Homme’s relationship with each other, as well as their fans, and the band’s return to Paris last year with U2. It premieres on February 13 on HBO. View the full article
  16. Also, Jessica Lange explains why 'Feud' is still timely and 'The Americans' producers regret their new-found relevance.read more View the full article
  17. After weeks of speculation, Donald Trump’s inaugural committee has shared its list of performers for next week’s celebrations. Country music star Toby Keith, rock band 3 Doors Down and patriotic staple Lee Greenwood join a roster that includes “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Jackie Evancho, the... View the full article
  18. After weeks of speculation, Donald Trump’s inaugural committee has shared its list of performers for next week’s celebrations. Country music star Toby Keith, rock band 3 Doors Down and patriotic staple Lee Greenwood join a roster that includes “America’s Got Talent” runner-up Jackie Evancho, the... View the full article
  19. Pop singer Ed Sheeran on Friday broke all-time records on Spotify as fans rushed to hear two songs from his upcoming album. Both "Shape of You" and Sheeran's other new track, "Castle on the Hill," topped previous feats for first-day streams when he released them on January 6. The album, which like Sheeran's previous two albums is named after a mathematical symbol, will come out on March 3. View the full article
  20. More than two years ago, Dwayne Johnson confirmed that he would be playing the villainous Black Adam in an upcoming DC Comics movie. Though no other details were provided at the time, it appeared to be a reasonable assumption that Black Adam would be a character in a planned Shazam movie. Recently Johnson shared a photo with Henry Cavill, best known as Superman, teasing the idea that Black Adam and Superman might appear together before the Shazam movie. Now Johnson has shared a new photo, captioned with his thoughts on a meeting with DC Comics. Although Johnson doesn't mention any specifics about which movie(s) Black Adam might appear in, it's definitely of interest that he talks about the "tonal shifts" planned for upcoming projects. We'll have to wait... Read More View the full article
  21. "He said he wanted to do something," the entertainer said of the president-elect, referencing inner-city housing issues. read more View the full article
  22. From Harry Potter to 'Game of Thrones', these bands celebrate your favorite fandoms View the full article
  23. Of Montreal have surprise-released a new EP. It’s called Rune Husk, and it’s out via Kevin Barnes’ new digital label Sybaritic Peer. A vinyl edition will ship on March 31 via Polyvinyl. The four-song effort follows the band’s 2016 LP Innocence Reaches. Hear it below. Watch of Montreal perform with Solange, via Pitchfork.tv: View the full article
  24. Meek Mill would absolutely agree to a boxing match with Drake if someone paid him $5 million. View the full article
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