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Marvin Gaye’s Family Wins In “Blurred Lines” Copyright Case PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sha Be Allah   
Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:13

The Gaye family wins undisclosed settlement in copyright infringement case

The children of soul icon Marvin Gaye were victorious in the courtroom for a copyright infringement case for the Robin Thicke sung, Grammy nominated hit “Blurred Lines” that sounds similar to their father’s song, “Got To Give It Up”.

On Tuesday, a judge in LA granted Nona and Frankie Gaye a dismissal of their lawsuit against EMI, which is now owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The Gayes accused EMI of refusing to file an infringement case against Thicke on behalf of the song because of its obvious similarities to Marvin.

The undisclosed amount of the settlement between the Gayes and Sony have an agreement where these claims can never be brought up again.

Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell all asked a federal judge in August to rule that “Blurred Lines”, which was nominated for Record of the Year at last year’s Grammys, was not a copy of Marvin Gaye’s hit. Blurred Lines sold 6.6 digital copies and spent 12 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

The Gaye family lawsuit against Thicke and Sony sought to prevent the singer from using elements from their father’s music in his other songs, as they also claimed that Thicke used part of Marvin Gaye’s “After The Dance” on his number 1 R&B hit, “Love After War”.

Source: http://thesource.com/2014/01/15/marvin-gayes-family-wins-in-blurred-lines-copyright-case/

Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 07:46
 
Lauryn Hill Leaves Prison Early, Releases New Single All In 24 Hours PDF Print E-mail
Written by By VERONICA LINARES   
Friday, 04 October 2013 22:19

Lauryn Hill has been released from prison after serving a three month sentence for tax evasion.

The former Fugees singer left the the minimum security Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut on Friday. According to the Bureau of Prisons, Hill was released a few days early for good behavior.

Her attorney told TMZ, Hill will now be confined to her home for three months as part of her 1-year probation period.

Hill turned herself in on July 8 after being convicted for failing to pay taxes on more than $1.8 million in income she earned between 2005 and 2007.

According to TMZ, she served her time in the same prison in which the hit Netflix show "Orange Is the New Black" takes place.


Read more: http://www.upi.com/blog/2013/10/04/Lauryn-Hill-released-from-prison-early/4171380913889/#ixzz2gpG68edL
Last Updated on Friday, 31 January 2014 07:45
 
Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon renew vows at Disneyland — elaborately PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nardine Saad   
Thursday, 02 May 2013 22:41

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon lived out a fairy-tale "Fantasy" wedding Tuesday at the Disneyland Resort where they marked their fifth wedding anniversary with a renewal of vows and celebrated their twins' second birthday.

 

"On our way to renew our vows," Carey tweeted beforehand. "I love you @Nick Cannon."

Carey and Cannon married in the Bahamas on April 30, 2008, and exactly three years later welcomed "dem babies." The couple renew their vows every year in a full, over-the-top ceremony -- last year at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Oh, to have an disposable income.

 

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/gossip/la-et-mg-mariah-carey-nick-cannon-renew-vows-disneyland-20130501,0,77194.story

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 22:43
 
Frank Alexander, Tupac Shakur's Former Bodyguard, Found Dead PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 02:42

"Big Frank," the former body guard of late rapper Tupac "2Pac" Shakur, was found dead in his California home Sunday night.

Frank Alexander, 54, was pronounced dead by Murrieta, Calif. officials after police responded to a 911 call regarding a possible suicide, the Murrieta Patch reported. Police said they could not release the identity of the caller.

Alexander was found with a gunshot wound to the head, Murrieta Police Lt. Tony Conrad told The Huffington Post in an email. The death is being investigated as a suicide.

"It does appear to be a suicide but the Riverside County Coroner's Office will make the final determination," Conrad said.

On his website, Alexander said that he worked as Tupac's "handpicked personal bodyguard" during the last year of the rapper's life. In June, 1998, he wrote "Got Your Back: The Life of a Bodyguard in the Hardcore World of Gangsta Rap."

 

Read more:

www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/03/frank-alexander-tupac-bodyguard-dead_n_3209856.html

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 09:29
 
NJ trooper's killer named a most wanted terrorist (Assata Shakur) PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID PORTER | Associated Press   
Thursday, 02 May 2013 22:33

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The reward for the capture and return of a fugitive member of a black militant group convicted of murdering a New Jersey state trooper was doubled to $2 million on Thursday, the 40th anniversary of the bloody gunbattle.

The FBI also announced it has made Joanne Chesimard, now living in Cuba as Assata Shakur, the first woman on its list of most wanted terrorists.

"She continues to flaunt her freedom in the face of this horrific crime," State Police Superintendent Col. Rick Fuentes said at a news conference Thursday. Fuentes called the case "an open wound" for troopers in New Jersey and around the country.

The Justice Department has offered a $1 million reward for information leading to her capture. The additional money is being put up by the state of New Jersey through civil and criminal forfeiture funds and won't fall on taxpayers, state Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said.

Chesimard, a member of the violent Black Liberation Army, was convicted of the 1973 murder of state trooper Werner Foerster during a traffic stop. The BLA was responsible for killing more than a dozen police officers in the 1970s and '80s, said agent Aaron Ford of the FBI's Newark division.

According to Fuentes, Foerster and his partner stopped a car carrying Chesimard and two cohorts on the New Jersey Turnpike for a broken tail light. When the troopers approached the car, a gunfight ensued and both troopers were injured. Chesimard then took Foerster's gun and shot him twice in the head as he lay on the ground.

She was convicted in 1977 but escaped from prison in New Jersey in November 1979 with the help of accomplices. She spent the next few years living in safe houses, two of which were in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, before surfacing in Cuba in 1984, Fuentes said.

In Cuba, Chesimard has continued to espouse her anti-U.S. views in speeches advocating "revolution and terrorism" and may have connections to other international terrorist organizations, Ford said.

"She is a domestic terrorist who murdered a law enforcement officer execution style," he said. "And while we can't right the wrongs of the past, we can and will continue to pursue justice no matter how long it takes."

Chesimard is believed to be one of dozens of American fugitives living in Cuba, many of them one-time members of U.S. militant groups. Cuba doesn't haven an extradition agreement with the U.S. because of the chilly relations between the two countries over the last five decades, but the climate appears to be slowly changing.

In recent years, Cuba has deported some fugitives back to the U.S., including one man convicted of mail fraud and another sought on child pornography charges. This month, the country returned a Florida couple accused in a custody dispute of kidnapping their two children and sailing to Cuba.

The Cuban government had no immediate comment on Thursday's announcement. This week, the State Department said it has no plans to remove Cuba from a list of state sponsors of terrorism that also includes Iran, Syria and Sudan. Cuba has denied links to terrorism.

Authorities didn't specify Thursday how they thought the increased reward would surmount the issues between the two countries, but they said they hoped the increased attention would help persuade someone to come forward.

"Our resolve to capture Joanne Chesimard does not diminish with the passage of time," Chiesa said. "Instead, it grows stronger with the knowledge that this killer continues to be free. Our hope is the augmented reward will spur action that will bring Joanne Chesimard back to face the justice she has evaded for far too long."

 
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