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Spotify Sued Over User-Curated Playlists That Mimic Compilation Albums

Does creating a playlist that mirrors an established company’s own playlists amount to infringement? Or more specifically, does allowing your users to create similar playlists and hosting them on your service make you liable? Streaming music service Spotify is being sued over a bunch of user-generated playlists. The plaintiffs, London-based EDM brand Ministry of Sound, claim that Spotify has a …

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Netflix Has Investor Lawsuit Thrown Out

A class action lawsuit filed against Netflix by investors was thrown out this wee, as the judge found that the plaintiffs did not “plead plausible facts”. Netflix filed a motion to have the case thrown out earlier this year, and have now had that wish granted. The suit claimed that Netflix has misled investors in relation to the company’s shift …

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Chubby Checker Penis Length App Lawsuit Moves Forward

Back in February, a lawyer for famed “The Twist” singer Chubby Checker filed a lawsuit against HP. The lawsuit concerns a (now ancient, in tech terms) app that was released for the Palm OS in 2006. The app is accused of violating the “Chubby Checker” trademark, associating it with “obscene, sexual connotation and images.” The lawsuit claimed that the app …

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Bang with Friends Sued by Zynga for Trademark Infringement

In you-totally-saw-this-coming news, Zynga has filed a lawsuit against Facebook-based sex app Bang with Friends. They claim that the name infringes upon their trademark for their series of “…with Friends” games. Zynga, of course, makes a bunch of “…with friends” games including Words with Friends, Chess with Friends, Hanging with Friends, Gems with Friends, and Scramble with Friends. Bang with …

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Nelson Mandela: Family Goes to Court Over Burials

Despite reports last week that his health was improving, it appears increasing likely that former South African president Nelson Mandela is nearing death. The civil rights leader has been battling a severe lung infection since March. The 94-year-old Mandela is currently in critical condition at a hospital in Pretoria, South Africa. As Mandela lies on his deathbed, turmoil is beginning …

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Paula Deen Is “Looking Forward To Her Day In Court”

Paula Deen, the Southern celebrity chef who has made delicious comfort food and down-home charm her trademark, is in headlines this week after a lawsuit filed by a former employer accused her of using the “N” word and making other racist comments. Portions of the deposition have been leaked online, and now the entrepreneur and restaurant owner is receiving some …

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Amelia Earhart’s Plane Actually Spotted in 2010, Claims Lawsuit

Famed aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart never completed her 1937 circumnavigation attempt, and her disappearance has continually been one of the most-discussed events of the 20th century. To this day people continue to be fascinated with her story, and it has led to plenty of speculation and conspiracy theories. And it’s not just talk that surrounds Earhart’s fateful flight. There are …

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ACLU Files Suit Against NSA’s Phone Data Collection, Cites 1st and 4th Amendement Violations

In a move that can’t be too shocking to most, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), along with the New York Civil Liberties Union, has filed a lawsuit challenging the recently-revealed NSA phone records program. The initiative, unearthed by The Guardian, involves the National Security Agency obtaining customer metadata (phone call duration, location, and more) from Verizon. Interestingly enough, the …

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Singer Sues McDonalds, Claims Vocal Damage from Glass in Chicken Sandwich

McDonald’s is guilty of a lot of things – maybe under-salting their fries every now and then, exposing children to clowns at an early age, and maybe ruining my diet. But are they guilty of causing a woman to lose her beautiful singing voice? That’s just what 52-year-old Brooklyn resident Jacqueline Simpson alleges. She has filed a lawsuit claiming that …

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Ray Manzarek Dies: Doors Keyboardist Was 74

Sad news for the music community, as influential keyboardist and Doors founding member Ray Manzarek has died due to complications from bile duct cancer. He was 74. Manzarek met Jim Morrison while studying film at UCLA, and the rest is history. After liking some early songs that Morrison had written, Manzarek and Morrison met up with drummer John Densmore and …

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Google Must Remove Defamatory Autocomplete Suggestions Says German Court

Google’s autocomplete results are not suggestions straight from the brains of Googlers, pecking away on their keyboards. When you type something and Google attempts to finish your thought for you, it’s simply throwing up the most popular searches for that string of word. It’s an algorithm, not manually determined – everything that appears has been previously typed by another Google …

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Skechers To Pay $40M Over Shape-Ups Ads

One year ago, The U.S. FTC fined shoe manufacturer Skechers $40 Million over its ads for “Shape-Ups” shoes. The shoes were marketed as being able to help users lost weight and tone the muscles in their lower bodies. Skechers was banned from running the ads further and customers who bought the shoes could receive refunds from the FTC or join …

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