Labels Claim Pandora Owes Money For Streaming Old Songs, Probably Won't Get It
Pandora can't catch a break, it seems. Just weeks after the streaming radio service escaped paying higher royalties to songwriters, record companies and musicians have sued it in a New York court for allegedly violating state copyright laws by refusing to pay for older song recordings. The suing parties claim that Pandora is both depriving artists of income and wielding an "unfair advantage" over on-demand competitors like Rdio and Spotify, which have no choice but to negotiate royalties for classic tracks. Pandora says it's looking at the claims, and it hasn't provided a formal response so far.
Sterling Lawyer: Wife's 'Hands Are Filthy, Filthy!'
A judge ruled Monday that Donald Sterling's estranged wife didn't defraud him when she struck a deal to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer, saying she was within her rights to seek a mental evaluation that allowed the sale to go forward. Donald Sterling initially gave Shelly Sterling written authority to pursue a sale of the team, but he changed his mind after the NBA banned him and fined him for his offensive remarks.
Kerry To Woo Modi's India, But Quick Progress Unlikely
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels to India this week as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China's rising power, but rapid progress is unlikely, despite the reformist reputation of India's new leader. The visit by Kerry and a trip by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel next month follow the resounding election win of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May and are meant to create a good climate for Modi's planned visit to Washington in September.
Late Patriot Actress Skye McCole Bartusiak Remembered At Houston Memorial Service
Skye McCole Bartusiak, the late Patriot actress who died at the young age of 21 last week, was remembered the other day during a touching memorial service in Houston. Held at the Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church on July 25, Bartusiak's family and friends gathered to honor the fallen star. Her brother, Stephen, told several hundred mourners at a service. "If you want to remember her, remember that smile and remember that laugh." "So remember my sister for being that free-spirited, happy-go-lucky rasta girl."
Kevin Smith Jokes About Ben Affleck Friendship: Jennifer Garner Doesn't "Care For Me At All"
You may not want to hold your breath for another Ben Affleck and Kevin Smith collaboration anytime in the near future… The director was asked about his relationship with the Caped Crusader during a chat with Yahoo Movies over the weekend, and he spilled the beans that the old friends are no longer close…to say the least. But before you take him too seriously his rep tells E! News that his interview was "simply a joke and taken completely out of context." Smith told the reporter, "We're not tight. I have not been [close with him] in decades. That's old Ben. He's got a wife that don't care for me at all." He continued, "And plus, honestly, he probably don't care for me at all anymore.
Rocket Blasts Off With U.S. ‘neighborhood Watch’ Spy Satellites
An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday with a pair of U.S. military satellites designed to keep watch on other countries’ spacecraft. The 206-foot tall rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, lifted off at 7:28 p.m. Air Force’s recently declassified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, had been slated for July 23, but was delayed one day to resolve a technical issue with ground support equipment and then three more times by poor weather.
Elizabeth Olsen's Super Tight Comic-Con Look: Gotta Have It Or Make It Stop?
We want so badly to support this daring look on the darling Elizabeth Olsen . She's consistently among our best dressed starlets...she's a genius actress (the thought of Martha Marcy May Marlene still gives us chills )... she's Mary-Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen 's little sister! And yet, we can't make exceptions just because we have a celeb crush.
Tulisa Contostavlos Was SUICIDAL After Cocaine Sting & Even Attempted To End Her Life!
Wow, we didn't realize how much Tulisa Contostavlos struggled with her drug charges! In the doc, which airs tonight, the singer reveals some super sad details about her depression: Like an idiot I don’t know what I was thinking, I picked up painkillers and necked them with a bottle of vodka, I don’t even know what I was planning to do. Tulisa's drug charges were dropped and we hope that she'll be able to move on from this mess!
Custody Trial Set For Father Of Boy Found In Basement
A custody trial is set for September for the father of a boy found in the basement of his home in June to decide whether he will lose custody of his three children. A pretrial hearing was held Monday for Charlie Bothuell IV and his wife, Monique Dillard-Bothuell on Monday in Wayne County juvenile court. Bothuell and Dillard-Bothuell, could lose permanent custody of his son, Charlie Bothuell V, 12, and the boy's 4-year-old and 10-month-old siblings. After Monday's hearing, Marc Shreeman, attorney for Africa Shippings, Charlie's biological mother, said his client was "shocked" to hear of the allegations against Bothuell and Dillard-Bothuell.
Kiefer Sutherland Responds To Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Comic-Con SLAM!
Freddie Prinze Jr. SLAMMED his former co-star so hard! Sarah Michelle Gellar's hubby was at Comic-Con over the weekend and he seriously dissed Kiefer Sutherland! It looks like the 24 actor isn't taking the comments lying down and his people have already responded to Freddie's harsh words! His rep said: 'Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze, Jr. more than 5 years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie's grievances. Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him the best.'