Johnny Depp Allowed “Whistleblower” in Business Manager Suit Despite “Perjury” Challenge
201705.27
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Johnny Depp Allowed “Whistleblower” in Business Manager Suit Despite “Perjury” Challenge

[By: Ashley Cullins] Testimony from an ex-TMG employee will become public. Johnny Depp can amend his lawsuit against his former business managers, a California judge has ruled. On Friday, the star was given the green light to add claims premised on information given to him by a business management firm’s ex-employee allegedly fired for pointing…

Judge to Decide Vexing Question in Entertainment: License Needed to Show Body Tattoos?
201705.18
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Judge to Decide Vexing Question in Entertainment: License Needed to Show Body Tattoos?

[By: Eriq Gardner] A judge lets Take-Two, publisher of ‘NBA 2K,’ seek declaratory judgment against the owner of a tattoo design featured on LeBron James’ body. If a film, television show or video game incidentally shows a copyrighted tattoo, is that infringement? The question has provoked several law journal articles and quite a bit of…

Conan O’Brien Headed to Trial Over Claims of Stealing Jokes
201705.15
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Conan O’Brien Headed to Trial Over Claims of Stealing Jokes

[By: Eriq Gardner] Alex Kaseberg overcomes a summary judgment motion and moves forward on jokes about Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument. Is the world of comedy about to experience a “Blurred Lines” moment? On Friday, a federal judge ruled that while jokes based on current events are only entitled to “thin” copyright…