Former Bay City Rollers founder Gordon Clark and bandmates Ian Mitchell and Pat Mcglynn have learned they will not profit from an ongoing legal battle between the band and Arista Records bosses. The trio sued as part of a dispute between the Bye Bye Baby hitmakers and the record label executives, which was launched in 2007, but lawmakers in an appellate court have dismissed their claims that they're entitled to a share of any potential royalties from movie licensing, digital downloads and ringtones.
Brothers Alan and Derek Longmuir, who formed the Bay City Rollers with Clark in the mid-1960s, Eric Faulkner, Duncan Faure, Leslie McKeown and Stuart Wood are still in court attempting to win a share of unpaid royalties after a judge allowed the case to move forward in a partial summary judgment victory for the bandmates in 2011.
Clark, Mitchell and McGlynn attempted to sue the six plaintiffs and Arista for declaratory relief over anticipatory breach of contract and unjust enrichment.
Aspiring rapper Riff Raff has set his lawyers on bosses of a website after they reportedly published nude photos of the star online. Attorneys for the former reality TV star, who is signed to producer Diplo's Mad Decent record label, have fired off a cease and desist letter to the team behind TheDirty.com over claims they have pictures of him posing naked on a bed.
Riff Raff's legal team is threatening to sue if the pictures are not removed, according to TMZ.com.
Steven Moffat, the head writer for Doctor Who and writer and co-creator of Sherlock, has long been criticized for his sexism, a flaw that has recently come into light with his decision to make the next doctor a man. Again. It seems that as a writer for shows that he often describes as intelligent and intellectual, he should be careful, or at least somewhat knowledgeable, about women’s rights. Instead, he continues to write female characters whose only positive characteristics are that they're "feisty" and "sexy" and discusses women’s issues as though all women are either out to get him, or eager to "shag" him. Here are a few of his musings on women, from how gross they are when they’re pregnant to their inherent and unavoidable neediness.
Moffat is proud of his sexual conquests and his ability to craft disgusting metaphors:"Between the marriages, I shagged my way round television studios like a mechanical digger."
And what is marriage besides the sacrifice of a minimalist bachelor pad?"When I met [his wife] Sue I was living in a fabulous, minimalist bachelor pad in Glasgow. I moved down to London to be with her and before I knew it I was living in a massively feminised house where shoes were left all over the place and every surface was covered with cushions and vases."
Moffat thinks kids are OK (if a bit stinky), but why did his wife have to get so huge?"Your wife turns into a boat, and shortly after that, you never sleep again and you clean shit off someone. It doesn’t seem like a very appealing prospect. Obviously, the moment I saw my child, that was different, but up until that point, I was thinking, ‘how long before she gets back to normal size? Will this damage anything?’"
And frankly it was all just pretty gross, right boys?"If you take most men aside when their wives are pregnant, most men are pretty frightened and worried and faintly disgusted by the whole experience."
On casting Karen Gillan as "Doctor Who" companion Amy Pond:"And I thought, 'well she's really good. It's just a shame she's so wee and dumpy’...When she was about to come through to the auditions I nipped out for a minute and I saw Karen walking on the corridor towards me and I realised she was 5'11, slim and gorgeous and I thought 'Oh, oh that'll probably work.'"
When criticized for using generic female tropes, Moffat would like to point out that at least they were all sexy:"River Song? Amy Pond? Hardly weak women. It's the exact opposite. You could accuse me of having a fetish for powerful, sexy women who like cheating people. That would be fair."
Moffat defends his choice not to cast a woman as the doctor:"It didn’t feel right to me, right now. I didn’t feel enough people wanted it. Oddly enough most people who said they were dead against it – and I know I’ll get into trouble for saying this – were women ... saying, ‘No, no, don’t make him a woman!’"
He then changes his defense and disses Helen Mirren:"I like that Helen Mirren has been saying the next doctor should be a woman. I would like to go on record and say that the queen should be played by a man."
Acclaimed gender scholar Moffat lays the truth down for the unenlightened (and the unenlightened are women):"There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married - we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands."
And then laments the plight of the middle-class man:"Well, the world is vastly counted in favour of men at every level - except if you live in a civilised country and you’re sort of educated and middle-class, because then you’re almost certainly junior in your relationship and in a state of permanent, crippled apology. Your preferences are routinely mocked. There’s a huge, unfortunate lack of respect for anything male."
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Michael Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe is threatening to sue the person who is allegedly selling information about and photographs of her daughter Paris as she recovers from a suicide attempt at an exclusive boarding school. TMZ.com reports Rowe is furious after learning someone at the school is profiting from leaking stories and snaps.
One was posted on Twitter.com last month (Jul13), shortly after the troubled teenager arrived at the school, where she is reportedly studying under a pseudonym.
Rowe has reportedly told friends, "These people, including some websites, are screwing with my daughter's ability to get better."
Paris was hospitalised in June (13) after attempting suicide by taking pills and slitting her arm with a meat cleaver.
A judge in Los Angeles has given actor Nicolas Cage a huge boost, ruling he doesn't have to hand over cash in an ongoing property battle. The estate trustees of a Hollywood producer, who bought the Venice, California home from Cage, sued the Con-Air star and the agents involved in the sale, accusing them of fraudulently concealing facts about the defective home.
Representatives of the family trust of Bradford Lindsley Schlei claim the film mogul discovered water intrusion and flooding issues a year after he bought the place a decade ago, but he waited until 2009 to sue Cage.
On Monday (19Aug13), a Los Angeles Superior Court granted summary judgment to Cage and the other defendants, ruling that Schlei had waited too long to file a lawsuit before the statute of limitations ran its course.
Collaborators Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I. have launched legal action against Marvin Gaye's family after the Motown star's relatives accused the trio of copying his work on their summer smash hit Blurred Lines. The Gaye family and bosses at Bridgeport Music, who own the rights to George Clinton's band Funkadelic's compositions, claim that Blurred Lines bears striking similarities to Gaye's Got to Give It Up and Funkadelic's track Sexy Ways.
However, Thicke, Williams and T.I., named in the suit as Clifford Harris, Jr., have filed paperwork to protect their hit song, insisting that they have not broken any copyright but were simply evoking the funk era with the track.
In legal papers filed at California Federal Court on Thursday (15Aug13) the trio argue that "being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement. The intent in producing 'Blurred Lines' was to evoke an era."
According to the suit, which was obtained by editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the trio state that they "have the utmost respect for and admiration of Marvin Gaye, Funkadelic and their musical legacies, (but) reluctantly file this action in the face of multiple adverse claims from alleged successors in interest to those artists. Defendants continue to insist that plaintiffs' massively successful composition, 'Blurred Lines,' copies 'their' compositions."
The suit further claims the Gaye family is alleging that Blurred Lines and Got to Give It Up "feel" or "sound" the same, and that the "Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work."
The Gayes and executives at Bridgeport Music are said to be threatening litigation should the trio not pay a monetary settlement but rather than wait for a lawsuit to proceed, the plaintiffs are going to court to determine the parties' respective rights and obligations.
In seeking a judgment, Thicke, Williams and Harris Jr. are not only looking for a declaration that their song doesn't violate the defendants' rights by copying their songs, but also that the "Gayes do not have an interest in the copyright to the composition 'Got To Give It Up' sufficient to confer standing on them to pursue claims of infringement of that composition."
Blurred Lines has continued to dominate the U.S. charts and earlier this week (begs12Aug13) the track hit its tenth consecutive week atop the top ten countdown.
The Rolling Stones have launched legal action against a German fashion retailer for using their famous lips logo on promotional sales posters without permission. The Brown Sugar hitmakers are suing bosses at clothing company New Yorker Fashion for using their mouth and tongue design on posters and clothing tickets, but the CEO of the company argues that the design is not exclusive to the rockers.
Lawyers from the group's Netherlands-based law firm Musidor BV are demanding a $315,000 (£210,000) settlement and a $25,500 (£17,000) fine.
A spokesperson for the band tells Britain's The Sun, "As with any band or major brand, we will be fiercely protective of our commercial properties, be that songs, gigs or logos. If we didn't chase up improper use, it would set a dangerous precedent."
However New Yorker Fashion CEO Fritz Knapp argues, "The tongue is not the Stones' alone. The posters were made by our creative department. I won't let the Stones ban my tongue."
Staff at stores have already had to remove 800 promotional posters and over 3,000 clothes tags with the logo on.
Embattled singer Chris Brown has been hit with a lawsuit by Frank Ocean's cousin, accusing the R&B star's bodyguard of viciously beating him during an altercation between the two singers earlier this year (13). The two stars and their entourages reportedly clashed over a parking space outside the Westlake Studio in West Hollywood, and police were called to the scene. Ocean filed a battery report against Brown but later decided against pressing charges.
However, his relative Sha' Keir Duarte has now decided to sue the Kiss Kiss hitmaker for assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to commit battery, claiming Brown encouraged his minder to attack him.
He filed legal papers at Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that Brown's bodyguard, named only as Hood, punched him in the face and kicked him around 12 times at the singer's encouragement. He also claims that Brown used the N-word against him during the brawl.
This is the latest incident in a string of legal woes for the 24-year-old star, who is facing up to four years behind bars after he was booked on a hit-and-run charge relating to a car accident in May (13). His probation stemming from his 2009 assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna was revoked, and he could be jailed if found guilty of the hit-and-run.
He is due back in court on 15 August (13).
Rocker Varg Vikernes plans to launch legal action against French police following his arrest over an alleged massacre plot, and he is asking fans to help fund his fight. The Burzum frontman and his wife Maria Cachet were held by cops in July (13) at his home in Salon-La-Tour in central France over allegations of planning a shooting spree, but they were both later released without charge.
Now Vikernes has announced he is planning to sue for wrongful arrest and is asking his fans to donate to the proposed lawsuit.
In a post on his blog, the controversial Norwegian rocker writes, "We want to sue the authorities for arresting us for no good reason whatsoever, doing so in the most brutal way possible and with children present, and also for without any reason taking away our right to own or even possess weapons. I ask you all to help us speak up for our rights and freedom, and for the rights and freedom of all others too. Before it is too late."
Vikernes was arrested after his wife legally bought four rifles, sparking fears the pair was planning to carry out a terrorist attack similar to that of Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik, who killed 77 people in 2011.
Cory Monteith's Glee family has been "leaning on each other" as the cast and crew of the hit TV show return to work following his tragic death, according to actor Harry Shum, Jr.. The Canadian star died from a lethal mix of alcohol and heroin last month (Jul13) and Shum, Jr., who plays Mike Chang on the hit series, admits his loss continues to weigh heavily on his TV colleagues since resuming production on the show on 1 August (13).
He tells People.com, "We've all been leaning on each other. It's been a rough patch and a rough time. I don't know when that will ever end, that rough patch of losing a friend like that. It's so unexpected, but we're all leaning on each other."
Shum, Jr. adds of Monteith's onscreen and offscreen girlfriend Lea Michele: "Of course she's heartbroken, everyone is. But I think it's great that everyone is back at work and at least following through, and hopefully we can at least just get through this rough patch."
And Jane Lynch, who plays Coach Sue Sylvester, reveals she is tinged with sadness every time she passes Monteith's trailer on set.
She tells UsMagazine.com, "Everybody's doing differently. You know, it's tough. Everybody had a relationship with him and we all express our grief in different ways so I'll only speak for myself. I love him and I honour (him), and every day I go to work, I walk by his trailer and I go, 'He should be in there.'"
Glee creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are planning to address Monteith's death in the third episode of the upcoming season, which will serve as a tribute to the actor and his beloved character, Finn Hudson.
The new season is due to premiere in the U.S. in September (13).