When Prince Nelson Rogers died last year, it seemed as if the music was over. Then, just a week before the anniversary of the internationally renowned artist's death, an announcement was made that a new, six-song EP called "Deliverance" was to be released -- including brand-new music.
What makes a story? You have characters, a narrative, maybe a climax and a denouement. But behind the craft you have a creator, the writer, and maybe you even have a real-life story on which the fictional one is based. In the entertainment business, all of these factors can be linked specifically to a contract, and that means there is the potential for dispute.
A judge in Ohio recently told three movie production companies they could not sue hundreds of anonymous alleged copyright infringers at the same time.
When Angelina Jolie was sued in 2011 for allegedly infringing on a Croatian journalist's copyright with her directorial debut, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," Los Angeles news sources took note. These sorts of allegations are not at all uncommon in the entertainment industry, but since this dispute involved the glamorous and famous Jolie, it got more attention than usual.
Five of the biggest Internet service providers in the U.S. have teamed up to create a system that they say will help cut down in Internet piracy and copyright infringement. As Los Angeles readers could probably have guessed, this has set off a firestorm of criticism from advocates for a "free and open" Internet.
The band The Black Keys recently settled its lawsuits against Pizza Hut and The Home Depot, which the band alleges were using The Black Key's songs in advertisements without paying for them. As you can guess, if that were true, it would be a merchandising and licensing issue.
Sometimes, audiences associate a character so strongly with an actor or actress that it gets difficult to differentiate between the two. Can Los Angeles readers picture anyone other than Sarah Michelle Gellar playing Buffy The Vampire Slayer, for example? (Random trivia sidenote: The character of Buffy was actually first portrayed in a movie by Kristy Swanson.)
With their duet "Good Time," Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City have a hit on their hands.