Late soul legend Marvin Gaye's kids have taken the latest step in their legal battle against Robin Thicke over the similarities between his 2013 hit Blurred Lines and their father's hit Got To Give It Up by presenting a federal judge with audio of both tracks played together. The savvy Gayes have mashed Thicke's Blurred Lines vocals over the instrumental version of their dad's Got to Give It Up in a bid to prove the songs are identical.
Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye and Marvin Gaye III have been battling to proved Thicke and his producer pal Pharrell Williams revamped their dad's song without permission since this time last year (13) and their newly-filed summary judgment papers come with audio of the two tracks merged together, along with media interviews given by Williams and Thicke about their love for Marvin Gaye.
The children claim the mash-up of songs will serve as "concrete musical illustrations of the substantial similarities" between the two tracks.
Williams and Thicke filed their preemptive lawsuit in August, 2013, seeking a declaration of non-infringement.
In their latest documents, the Gaye kids state, "Thicke and Williams bet wrong, and they will now have to face the consequences of their misjudgment and their blatant copyright infringement."
A jury trial has been scheduled for February, 2015.
Veteran British DJ Dave Lee Travis had a "propensity" to grope women and hoped his fame gave him "the perfect right" to abuse them, a court in London has heard. The former BBC Radio 1 stalwart, who was cleared of 12 indecent assault charges in February (14), is facing a retrial on three counts, and the hearing formally began on Friday (05Sept14).
The jury was told Lee Travis is facing two charges of indecent assault and one of sexual assault involving three different women between the 1980s and 2008.
One alleged victim claims she was groped when she was working on a theatre show with Lee Travis, another accuses him of groping her outside his dressing room before a chat show appearance, and a third is a journalist who says she was molested during an interview at the DJ's home in Buckinghamshire, England.
Prosecutor Miranda Moore, QC, told the jury at London's Southwark Crown Court, "We say that these incidents show that he has a propensity to lay his hands in a sexual manner on young women and that he is an opportunist... The defendant seemed to act as if he had the perfect right to grope."
Lee Travis denies all three charges.
The trial continues.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit over her lifestyle website. Health expert Charles Platkin alleges editors at Goop.com used his Diet Detective copyright without his permission in an article last month (Jul14).
Platkin, who has owned the trademark since 2004, claims he asked bosses at the company to remove the phrase from their website and they did, but responded the use of Diet Detective was protected under their First Amendment rights of free speech.
He is seeking monetary damages and a jury trial and is asking a judge to bar bosses at the company from using his trademark again.
Studio executives behind hit movie Frozen are battling a copyright lawsuit from an animator who alleges the teaser trailer rips off her short film.
Kelly Wilson filed suit in March (14) claiming the trailer for the popular Christmas movie, which features the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, copies the premise of her 2D computer animated short The Snowman.
Bosses at The Walt Disney Company asked for the case to be dismissed, but a judge has ruled there are too many similarities between the trailer and Wilson's project for it to be thrown out without going before a jury.
Wilson's clip tells the story of a snowman who loses his carrot nose, and while this isn't the storyline of Frozen it is the tale portrayed in the trailer for the family film.
California federal judge Vince Chhabria writes in his ruling, "The sequence of events in both works, from start to finish, is too parallel to conclude that no reasonable juror could find the works substantially similar."
Chhabria notes a number of similarities including a snowman losing his carrot nose, the nose sliding to the middle of a frozen lake, and the snowman racing against an animal to get the nose back.
The case will now go to trial before a jury unless a settlement is reached.
Pharrell Williams has moved to end the ongoing legal feud between the producers of the Blurred Lines hit and Marvin Gaye's family by urging a judge to hand him and Robin Thicke a victory without the need for a jury trial. Gaye's kids claim Blurred Lines is substantially similar to the soul man's Got to Give It Up hit and they've been locked in a legal spat with Thicke, Williams and T.I. - the brains behind the 2013 summer anthem - for the best part of a year.
Producer Williams and singer Thicke filed a lawsuit against the family in order to secure a ruling that their song wasn't an infringement of Got to Give It Up, but Frankie and Nona Gaye countersued, alleging that Thicke had a "Marvin Gaye fixation".
The case has rumbled on, but now Williams is keen to end it, and in a motion for summary judgment, filed this week (beg21Jul14), his lawyer writes, "The only reason Defendants claim infringement here is because Plaintiffs made certain comments in promoting their record about being inspired by Marvin Gaye. Defendants smelled money and rushed to make their infringement demand, but they chose to ignore that the songs had no similarity in actual notes or phrases.
"Musical elements of GIVE that are not contained in the composition - such as the 'groove' of the sound recording, the sounds of the instruments, or other recording or performance elements (e.g., falsetto singing, party noise) - simply have no bearing on the infringement claim here."
Meanwhile, Williams' legal team have made it clear that it is not impressed with a musicology report that has been offered as evidence by Gaye's family, claiming it doesn't even identify two consecutive notes with the same pitch and duration and placement in the two songs.
Simon Cowell has received an apology from Tulisa Contostavlos' personal assistant who sensationally alleged the music mogul is secretly gay. The former N-Dubz singer's associate Gareth Varey was caught on tape telling an undercover journalist that he knew several men who have slept with The X Factor boss.
The footage was played to a jury in London last week (ends20Jul14) during Contostavlos' trial for brokering a cocaine deal, prompting Cowell to issue a statement denying the claim and insisting he has no reason to hide his sexuality.
Now Varey has confessed the statement was untrue and claims he was drunk and trying to impress the reporter, Mazher Mahmood.
In a statement, Varey says, "On 10 May 2013 in the course of seeking to entrap Tulisa, Mazher Mahmood supplied Tulisa, me and others with a lot of alcohol... I can no longer recall all of the details of that evening but I have listened to the recording made by Mahmood. I was clearly very drunk.
"At some point and utterly out of the blue Mahmood asked me if Simon Cowell was gay. I said he was. This is not true. I do not know why I said it, but assume it is because I was so drunk and felt that I was giving Mahmood the type of information he was seeking. I am very sorry for this."
Contostavlos was cleared of being concerned in the supply of cocaine over inconsistencies in Mahmood's evidence.
Simon Cowell has spoken out to insist rumours he is gay are untrue following extraordinary allegations in a London court that he has slept with several men.
A jury at Southwark Crown Court heard the sensational claim last week (ends20Jul4) during the trial of former N-Dubz singer Tulisa Contostavlos for brokering a cocaine deal for an undercover journalist.
That case collapsed on Monday (21Jul13) and the pop star was cleared of the charge, and Cowell has subsequently issued a statement addressing allegations heard by the jury.
Secretly-filmed footage contained a clip of Contostavlos' personal assistant Gareth Varey telling the reporter that Cowell is homosexual and has slept with several of Varey's friends.
In a statement, a representative for The X Factor boss says, "Simon was referred to during the trial without forewarning, resulting in widespread media coverage of untrue claims regarding his private life."
"In 2014 the question of whether someone is or is not gay is antiquated. (As it happens he isn't, though if he were, he would simply have said so). "However, the issue was the false suggestion made by Mr. Varey that Simon - who is renowned for his honesty and candidness - had thus not been truthful in the public arena and this is what we have been obliged to clarify."
British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos used a secret code when talking to a drug dealer to avoid saying the words 'cocaine' and 'marijuana', a court has heard. The former N-Dubz singer allegedly bragged that her ex-boyfriend was a major cocaine supplier and told an undercover journalist she used the terms "green sweets" and "white sweets" to differentiate between substances when putting in an order.
Contostavlos, a former judge and mentor on the U.K.'s The X Factor, is accused of brokering a $1,360 (£800) cocaine deal for the reporter, who she believed was a Hollywood movie boss lining her up for a film role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.
The jury at London's Southwark Crown Court heard on Wednesday (16Jul14) that Contostavlos had several meetings with the journalist after she "swallowed the story completely", and in one of their chats she was allegedly recorded bragging about smoking cannabis to help her sleep.
The court was told she was caught on tape saying, "I use cannabis to get to sleep, it helps me switch off."
As she then allegedly discussed ordering drugs from her ex-boyfriend, she added, "I call them green sweets and I call them white sweets. They will ask, 'What kind of sweets do you want?' and I will go, 'Green sweets please, not white sweets for me but for my mates and that'."
A recording of a phone call between the singer and the journalist, Mazher Mahmood, was played to the jury on Wednesday, and when he asks about drugs Contostavlos can be heard replying, "Definitely on the day. What I will do, I can definitely sort it, I just need to make some more calls."
Mahmood then tells her, "Obviously, just keep this between us," and the pop star giggles as she replies, "It wouldn't sound too good that Tulisa is off finding white sweets."
Contostavlos allegedly later texted her manager the message: "Need 2 hook up 2 nits (nights) out in a row 4 these dudes. And some white sweets."
Prosecutor Timothy Cray told the jury that Mahmood later bought cocaine from a rapper pal of Contostavlos in May last year (13), and the story subsequently appeared in The Sun on Sunday newspaper. She was arrested shortly afterwards.
When she was interviewed by police, the star insisted her words had been "taken out of context" and she had been "playing a role" and talking to the journalist in an "exaggerated manner".
Contostavlos, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies being concerned in the supply of cocaine.
The trial continues.
British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos brokered a $1,360 (£800) cocaine deal for an undercover reporter after becoming convinced he was a movie producer who was lining her up for a major Hollywood role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, a court has heard.
The former N-Dubz singer is on trial for allegedly arranging for a drug-dealing pal to sell half an ounce of the illegal drug to a man she believed was a leading film studio boss.
However, he was really notorious U.K. undercover journalist Mazher Mahmood, and Contostavlos was subsequently charged by cops after the story appeared in The Sun on Sunday newspaper.
At the opening of her trial at London's Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday (16Jul14), the jury was told Contostavlos was once a member of a street gang which sold crack cocaine. She met with Mahmood - who was using the cover name 'Samir Khan' - at swanky hotels in Las Vegas and London last year (13) after he told her agent he could land her a role in a "big production" alongside Titanic star DiCaprio.
Prosecutor Timothy Cray told the court, "It is clear the defendant was very keen to break into films and she and her manager swallowed the story completely. She was told that she would be more suitable for the film than Keira Knightley or Kate Winslet."
The jury heard that the pop star, who was also a judge and mentor on the U.K.'s The X Factor for two seasons, later agreed to sell Mahmood cocaine and used the term "white sweets" as code for the drug in text messages.
She allegedly arranged for her pal, rapper Mike Coombs, to supply the drug to the reporter in a room at London's Dorchester hotel in May, 2013.
The prosecutor added, "We say that the defendant was instrumental in arranging the supply of cocaine carried out in the Dorchester... Although the defendant had not negotiated the price or the amount, she had done all she could to make a supply of cocaine happen and the charge reflects her involvement in the supply of the drug."
Contostavlos, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies being concerned in the supply of cocaine. The trial continues.
A rapper pal of British pop star Tulisa Contostavlos has pleaded guilty to supplying cocaine to an undercover journalist, on the eve of the pair's trial. The former N-Dubz star is accused of brokering a deal for half an ounce of the drug by arranging a meeting between the reporter and Michael Coombs, who is known professionally as Mike GLC, in May last year (13).
Contostavlos denies the charge, but at the start of their joint trial in London on Monday (14Jul14), Coombs changed his plea and admitted being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs.
He will be sentenced at the end of Contostavlos' trial, which is due to open before a jury on Tuesday (15Jul14).
The pop star, of Friern Barnet, north London, denies being concerned in the supply of cocaine.
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