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Two Writers File a Plagiarism Lawsuit Against 'New Girl' Creators, Call Show a "Slavish Copy"

Well this doesn't look good. Two writers have filed a lawsuit in California federal court against the team behind Fox's hit show New Girl, claiming the series to be "blatant plagiarism" of a pilot they wrote in 2006. THR obtained a copy of the complaint filed against New Girl creator Elizabeth Meriwether, executive producer Peter Chernin, Fox, and talent agency WME in which screenwriting duo Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold demand money, creative credit, a public apology, and an injunction to stop all future filming and distribution of New Girl, then go on to illustrate a ton of striking similarities between the Fox show and their earlier [...]

The Entire Podcast Community Is in Danger Because of a Patent Troll Case

A patent licensing company called Personal Audio LLC has claimed that it owns a patent to podcasting technology and has sent letters to a bunch of podcasters, requesting to be paid for the use of said technology. The patent itself is for an "apparatus for disseminating a series of episodes represented by media files via the Internet as said episodes become available," which is incredibly vague and ridiculous. This represents a great threat to the booming comedy podcast scene, and industry leaders like Marc Maron, Chris Hardwick, Jesse Thorn, Joe Rogan, Kevin Smith, Dan Harmon, and Earwolf have all taken to [...]

SNL and Andy Samberg Accused of Song Thievery

A music production team in St. Louis is suing Andy Samberg for using the music for Shy Ronnie, the SNL digital short featuring Rihanna. I assume the entirety of the courtroom proceedings will be autotuned. Also, have the accusers even considered that maybe Andy Samberg was just too shy to ask for the rights? I know, I know, and yes, Samberg can retain my legal services for this case. Although, he's being sued by people whose stage names are Rick the Rular and Foxx StarStrukk, so he may need to find a lawyer who has practice dealing with ALIENS FROM OUTER SPACE.

Comedian Fined $15,000 After Making Homophobic Insults Against Audience Member

As if open-mics weren't nightmarish enough. Yesterday Canadian comedian Guy Earle was fined $15,000 after the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal determined his homophobic rant against audience member Lorna Pardy constituted discrimination.

The charges stem from an incident on May 22, 2007, when Pardy and then-partner Zoe Broomsgrove attended a comedy show at Zesty Restaurant in Vancouver. Reportedly Earle unleashed a stream of homophobic insults at the couple after seeing them kiss, which then lead to the comedian going into the audience, the pair arguing and Pardy throwing a glass of water in his face. Earle admits he insulted the couple but defended himself, saying he was just [...]

Jay Leno and 'The Tonight Show' Are Being Sued for Defamation

Flight attendant Louann Giambattista is suing Jay Leno, The Tonight Show, and NBC over a segment that she says accused her of "engaging in bestiality and sexual misconduct with a rat." The segment stemmed from another lawsuit Giambattista filed against her employer Americna Airlines, in which she said that her co-workers had falsely said that "she was carrying her pet rats onto work flights, and concealing them in her pantyhose or underwear." Panelists Alec Mapa, Kira Soltanovich, and Jim Norton were given the topic as part of Leno's topical segment "Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda," where Giambattista says she was "systematically criticized, defamed, and humiliated." Apparently a lot of people in her neighborhood watch The [...]

Adam Carolla's Company Sued Over Podcast Patent Dispute

A patent licensing company called Personal Audio LLC has issued lawsuits to Adam Carolla's ACE Broadcasting and HowStuffWorks.com, two of the biggest podcasting entities in the game, in a patent infringement case, 9to5Mac reports. The patent in question, which was issued last year, is for a "system for disseminating media content representing episodes in a serialized sequence," and the result of the lawsuit will certainly have a big impact on the booming podcast industry. Personal Audio has had success with these tech patent lawsuits in the past, winning $8 million from Apple in a 2011 case and entering licensing agreements with Sirius, Motorola, Samsung, Archos, Coby, RIM, and Amazon  after [...]

Man Claims The Hangover Part II Was Based on His Life

Michael Alan Rubin is suing Warner Brothers, arguing that the plot of The Hangover Part II was stolen from a script he wrote about his 2007 honeymoon in Thailand and India. He claims that the movie also constitutes an "exploitation of [his] private real life." Which begs the question, how much dignity would his life have to be exploited in the first place if he truly spent that much time with a monkey in a cutoff denim vest?

Rubin is also suing for defamation, claiming that "the filmmakers suggested the inference that he was under the influence of drugs when he ditched his girlfriend and proposed to a [...]

Your Favorite Podcasts Need Your Help to Defeat Patent Trolls

Earlier this year, a patent troll sued podcasters Adam Carolla and How Stuff Works and they've threatened dozens of other top podcasters with    questionable, expensive lawsuits too. Congress has instituted a bill called the SHIELD Act to stop these patent trolls from taking advantage of content creators, and if you're a fan of any podcasts at all – or a podcaster yourself, you can head over to the Electronic Frontier Foundation to send a message to your representative to support the bill so that we can stop this bullshit before it starts to affect (and potentially shut down) your favorite shows.

Louis Vuitton Is Suing Warner Brothers Over The Hangover Part II

Isn't it weird to think about the lives of people who spend all day, every day focusing on executing idiotic lawsuits like the one Louis Vuitton has served Warner Brothers with over Zach Galifianakis using Louis Vuitton luggage in The Hangover Part II? I wonder what they dreamed of being as children.

Real-Life Johnny Bananas Suing Entourage in Douchiest Trial of the Century

An MTV reality "star" by the name of Johnny Bananas is suing the creators of Entourage because they use that name as the title of Johnny Drama's highly improbable animated series, Johnny's Bananas, in the show. Hopefully, the judge will sentence all involved parties to a life sentence on the grounds of come the fuck on.