Hollywood Docket Top 5: Dr. Dre royalties; 'Avatar' plagiarism; Olympic lawyers

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Hollywood Docket Top 5: Dr. Dre royalties; 'Avatar' plagiarism; Olympic lawyers

Fri Feb 12, 2010 @ 09:43AM PST

Entertainment law stories you need to care about this morning:

  • Dr. Dre is suing Death Row Records, claiming his former label owes him more than $75,000 in royalties and that it released a new version of his iconic album "The Chronic" without his permission. [Billboard]
  • Class action lawsuits against social-media Web sites alleging privacy infractions aren't very surprising. But a claim in the latest case against Facebook deserves some attention. The plaintiffs say Facebook's new settings violate consumers' "right of publicity," or the right to control the commercial use of their images. [MediaPost]
  • Do the makers of "Dances With Wolves," "Pocahontas," "Call Me Joe," "Dune" and other works have any potential copyright claims against James Cameron for his use of source material for "Avatar"? (The fact that there are so many alleged rip-offs probably means the answer is no.) [io9]
  • Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is caught up in a copyright struggle between the Bavarian State government and a British publisher over the republication of historical Nazi newspapers. [IPKat]
  • In honor of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony tonight, a list of lawyers who used to be Olympic athletes. [Business Insider]

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