According to the High Court of Australia, the band Men at Work got famous by stealing another’s work. Two years ago, the band was sued for copyright infringement by a company called Larrikin Music. Larrikin claims that the flute riff that is the backbone to the band’s hit, “Down Under,” was stolen from a popular kid’s song called “Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree.” The song was written more than 70 years ago by a teacher named Marion Sinclair, who passed away in 1988. While Sinclair didn’t made a stink about the likeness when he was alive, now that Larrikin Music owns the rights to his song, they decided to bring the case to court. As the victors, they will be able to seek royalties made on the song from 2002 on. Only someone should probably tell them that this song was the height of popularity … in 1983. They kind of missed the boat on this one. [Huffington Post]
Michael Lohan ain’t got nothing on Kimberly Garrity in the bad parenting department. The many grave and terrifying abuses inflicted upon her children include a sending a birthday card without money inside, failing to send care packages to her son at college, and calling her daughter at midnight on Homecoming to tell her to come home. She even forced one of her kids to wear a seat belt.
Clearly you can understand why her two children, Steven, 23, and Kathryn, 20, sued Garrity for $50,000 citing “bad mothering.” Keep reading »
Leighton Meester‘s mom, whose first name is Constance—strangely also the name of the girl’s high school in “Gossip Girl“—isn’t too pleased with her daughter’s allegations about her misusing money, intended for her sick son, on plastic surgery and hair extensions. She’s firing back with a counter-lawsuit against Leighton. And the charges in it are pretty out-there. Read each of them after the jump. Keep reading »
It’s often the biggest companies that have the tightest reign on their public perception — and inexpensive clothing company Forever 21 is no exception. Despite their public image of being young and fun (and, oh, totally Christian), the company is really, really up in arms over WTForever21, a funny blog that chronicles the hits and misses that come out of what blogger Rachel Kane calls the “shame factory.” Forever 21 sent Kane a cease and desist letter in April, claiming that she was violating copyright and trademark laws, even though Kane clearly states on the homepage, “Just FYI, The term ‘Forever 21′ is a trademark of Forever 21, Inc. This site is not affiliated with Forever 21, Inc.” Keep reading »
We know that virtually every image we see in print has had a little Photoshop magic worked on it, but it’s easy to forget just how much. Former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Caroline Forsling is here to remind us. She is currently suing Estee Lauder over an ad she appeared in for Origins Plantscription, an “anti-aging serum.” The stuff is meant for mature skin—but Forsling is only 35. The ad shows Forsling’s face without makeup, one side supposedly treated with Plantscription and the other side without it. Check out the ad above on the left. On the right, the way we’re used to seeing Forsling.
She is calling foul. Keep reading »
“The Hangover 2” opens this weekend, and apparently there is someone besides Mel Gibson who will not be eagerly waiting in line with a bucket of popcorn to get a good seat. In the movie, Ed Helms wakes up in a bathtub and discovers that he has a poorly done tribal tattoo on his face. The joke, of course, is that Mike Tyson—who makes a cameo in the original movie and its sequel—has a much better version of the same tattoo. However, Tyson’s tattoo artist, S. Victor Whitmill, is not amused. In fact, he is suing Warner Brothers for copyright infringement. Keep reading »
Lady Gaga is not too happy about The Icecreamists newest flavor in their London ice cream parlor. It’s called Baby Gaga and it’s made from human breast milk. The milk is given by volunteers, who are registered blood donors, and then is pasteurized and mixed with vanilla pods and lemon zest. The flavor costs a whopping $23 per cup and debuted two weeks ago, with women in Lady Gaga-esque get-ups scooping it into martini glasses and topping it with liquid nitrogen and a teething biscuit. British inspectors almost instantly banned sale of the flavor and seized the first batch to make sure it met health standards.
But that hasn’t stopped Lady Gaga’s ire over the situation. Keep reading »
Zooey Deschanel seems like a sweet girl, but she’s also got a bit of a fierce business side. The actress is apparently suing Steve Madden for $2 million for a collaboration that never happened. Apparently, Deschanel had planned to team up with the footwear retailer to create a line of shoes and accessories, and, in a verbal agreement with them, settled on a fee of $2 million for her work, which would be paid regardless of if production never happened. (Her “work” was to be 13 days of meetings, photo shoots, and the like—so now you know how much celebs get paid to do these things/what “work” is entailed for the celeb “designer.”) Trouble started when first Steve Madden wanted to lower her rate to $1.5 million, which she agreed to. When the deal eventually fell through, Zooey’s lawyers argued that she is still owed the $2 million because of the company’s original promise. What do you think—fair or ridiculous? [Fashionista] Keep reading »
“Jersey Shore” may be the hot(tub)est show on television in eons. But one writer is considering legal action against MTV for ripping off his idea. Christopher Gambale submitted a treatment to MTV for a show called “Guidos: A Reality Series.” He wrote it and registered it with the Writer’s Guild of America back in 2006. The concept was to get together a bunch of guidettes and guidos, who Gambale described in the treatment as “a sad, pathetic excuse for a male; not necessarily of Italian descent, but most likely; usually native to the New York/New Jersey tristate area.”
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