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  1. Disney to Lady Saying Frozen Ripped Off Her Life Story: “Let It Go”

    No, really.

    Remember Isabella Tanikumi, who’s suing Disney for $250 million because they allegedly ripped off her life story for Frozen? Yeah. We weren't buying it, and neither is Disney. It is appropriate to say "BURRRRRRN" when we're talking about a movie called Frozen?

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  2. Woman Suing Disney For Stealing Her Life Story In Frozen, Because Sisters, I Guess?

    The jig is up, Louisa May. Cease your chicanery forthwith!

    I'm p. much done with writing about Frozen, but I think it's important to put this one out there as a PSA for all lawsuit-happy trolls: Isabella Tanikumi has got you beat. The author recently filed a $250 million lawsuit against Disney alleging that Frozen was based not on Hans Christian Anderson's Snow Queen but on her autobiography Yearnings of the Heart. Audacious, no?

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  3. Lawsuit Accuses X-Men Director Bryan Singer of Sexual Misconduct With Underage Boy

    Today in Depressing

    The Wrap has obtained copies of federal court documents which reveal a lawsuit accusing Bryan Singer, director of many of the films in the X-Men franchise, Superman Returns, and others, of sexually abusing a seventeen year old boy.

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  4. Animator Aims Lawsuit Against Frozen

    You've undoubtedly noticed our new furry focus on the site today, but we understand that the transition may be a rough one, and are committed to easing it by continuing to bring you non-Maru-related news... for now.

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  5. Woman Sues Because She Claims Injuries From a Car Accident Have Kept Her From Using Facebook

    So we can just sue anybody for anything now? Is that how it works?

    A Nova Scotia woman is suing the company whose driver hit her with his dump truck. Since personal injury law isn't typically something we cover on Geekosystem, I feel like it's worth mentioning that she's suing because she claims her injuries have prevented her from using Facebook.

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  6. J.K. Rowling Sues the Daily Mail for Libel

    There's An Apparate For That

    Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is suing the Daily Mail for libel after they published an article in September titled "How JK Rowling's sob story about her past as a single mother has left the churchgoers who cared for her upset and bewildered" online and "How JK Rowling's sob story about her single mother past has surprised and confused the church members who cared for her" in print. The article related to a recent piece Rowling had written for a charity website about the struggles faced by single parents.  This case comes at an interesting time legally, as libel laws in the UK have recently changed.

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  7. Cosplayers Finally Facing Copyright Legal Action… Except It’s Over a Carpet

    *gasp* Twist!

    Dragon Con is held at the same Mariott hotel in Atlanta every year, so the people behind Volpin Props decided to get extra-creative and dress up as the unusual-looking carpet that every con-goer knows and... well, tolerates. It was a huge hit with everyone -- right up until the carpet designers slapped them with a Cease & Desist. Womp womp.

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  8. Record Label Sues Spotify Because People Can Make Playlists

    It's the latest in frivolous lawsuit technology.

    Record label Ministry of Sound is suing music service Spotify because its users can create playlists that mimic MoS's compilation albums and share those playlists with friends. Lest you think the United States has a monopoly on dumb lawsuits, this is all happening in the U.K.

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  9. Apple Drops Trademark Claim on App Store, Stores That Sell Apps Everywhere Now Safe

    Apple abandons lawsuit against Amazon

    You say App Store, I say Appstore. Apple has decided to call the whole thing off, and has dropped its lawsuit against Amazon for infringing on its trademark for its digital software retail distribution service -- see how much easier it is to just say app store? Apple's lawyers have decided that they don't need a court to tell them that combining "app" and "store" does not make a unique and distinguishable brand, and that it's a lost cause to keep people from referring to a store that sells apps as an app store.

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  10. Things We Saw Today: These Doctor Who Adipose Cookies Look Fattening

    Things We Saw Today

    Oh yes, I went there. For more amazing-looking Doctor Who cookies by Cookie Cowgirl, visit That's Nerdalicious.

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  11. Summit Entertainment Is Being Sued For An Egregious Amount Of Money By A Twilight Parody Company

    Meanwhile...

    Wait until you hear why.

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  12. If This Lawsuit Succeeds, It Could Break Amazon’s Dominance of the eBook Market

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    The new and growing market for eBooks has allowed companies to call into question some of the basic and universal characteristics of reading and owning books. That you can loan them to your friends, for example, or that by purchasing a book you're also purchasing the ability to read it whenever you want, wherever you want, until you lose it, donate it, give it away, or wear through its well-loved spine. eBook publishers have, to put it mildly, established that these are qualities of a book that they do not intend to carry over to the new format, which is to a certain extent fine, so long as consumers know what they're getting into. But the eBook market also has other problems, namely accusations of price fixing, and, due to the combination of software that limits the kind of device a given eBook can be read on and the dominance of the Kindle over the eReader market, bullying tactics. A new lawsuit filed by three independent bookstores is looking to strike at the heart of the problem: the insistance of eReader makers that their books should not be readable on other devices.

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  13. Injured By A Reckless Jedi? Call The Law Offices Of Lando Calrissian!

    TK-421 Why Aren't You At Your Post?

    Yeaaah...what about all those Imperial officers who get injured in the line of duty? Who can they turn to? (via igeektrooper)

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  14. Marvel Is Getting Sued Over Their Avengers DVD Briefcase Set

    Meanwhile...

    I don't know about you but I wouldn't mess with Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D. but a German luggage company is about to step up to the main man in a big way. The company, Rimowa GmbH, is suing Marvel and owner Disney's Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Why? See that magnificent DVD case above? That's one of Rimowa GmbH's designs. We know that for sure because they allowed Marvel to let Samuel L. Jackson carry it in The Avengers. What they didn't do was allow Marvel to mass produce and sell it. Oops. 

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  15. Sam Raimi Sues to Re-Establish Evil Dead Rights Because of Something He Said in a Book Once

    This Makes Sense

    Some primitive screwheads unaffiliated with the people who created the Evil Dead franchise have been trying to use the horror classic's title to produce a third sequel to the original movies. But one of those creators, Sam Raimi, never actually signed away the rights to the Evil Dead name, so now he's suing to stop the aforementioned screwheads from screwing with the series while Raimi is producing an actual Evil Dead movie. However, the screwheads -- Award Pictures -- say that Raimi all but gave them permission to make an Evil Dead sequel -- when he said something to that effect in The Evil Dead Companion, published in 2000. Yup. A random quote in a book from 2000, a quote preceded by the word "Ha," was read as a go-ahead for Award Pictures to make their own unauthorized sequel to The Evil Dead. Yeah. Good luck with that.

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  16. Teen Girl Files Lawsuit Over Cyberbullying (After Neither Her School Nor Facebook Helped)

    Assuming Direct Control

    Alex Boston, like many teenagers, has been the victim of relentless and disgusting bullying on Facebook. Some kids thought it would be funny to set up a fake profile in her name, with a distorted picture, on which a false version of her spouted racist remarks among other falsehoods. But when she reached out to her school and the police for help, they didn't provide any. And when she asked Facebook to take down the fake profile, but they (initially) refused to take down the fake account. Left without any other options, Boston and her parents filed a lawsuit against the kids who were bullying her, as well as their parents, claiming libel.

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  17. Viacom’s Billion Dollar Lawsuit Against YouTube Goes Forward, Threatening DMCA’s Few Useful Qualities

    Way back in 2007, Viacom filled a billion dollar suit against YouTube claiming that YouTube was purposefully turning a blind eye to copyright infringing content in order to boost the site's popularity. The suit didn't last long however, and soon a court threw the case out based on the fact that YouTube, by cooperating with DMCA takedown requests and removing allegedly infringing content, fell under the DMCA's "Safe Harbor" protection, rendering the site protected from lawsuits so long as they were clearly trying to keep things under control. Now, the U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed that decision, and YouTube is back in the hotseat, apparently for not trying hard enough, which is utterly ridiculous. In fact, they're already trying too hard.

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  18. Woman Sues Vodka Company Since Her Image Wasn’t Meant For Their Nasty Ad

    And That's Terrible

    An even skeevier development from the "Belvedere Vodka rapey" ad front: The woman featured in the ad, Alicyn Packard, is now suing the company for using her image. Why? Because for one thing, the image comes from a video featuring Packard that was never meant to be used for another company's advertisement; it's a screenshot from a sketch that appeared on Strickly Viral. For another, no one bothered to get Packard's permission to use her image for this highly questionable ad in the first place, because it's not as if she posed for a stock photo that could have ended up anywhere, even without her direct consent. So, let it be known: companies can go find a video online -- any video -- take a screenshot, put it in a horribly different context, and expect to get away with it. Well, that's great.

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  19. The Walking Dead: Kirkman Responds To Suit, Make-Up Supervisor Talks Return

    Braaaaiiiinnnnns

    The Walking Dead returns to AMC tomorrow night and make-up supervisor, and newly dubbed co-executive producer, Gregory Nicotero spoke with Blastr about the second half of the season. We've also got a follow-up on The Walking Dead lawsuit situation between original creators Tony Moore and Robert Kirkman. Kirkman has now given a statement. 

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  20. Robert Kirkman’s Former Collaborator/Childhood Friend Sues Him Over Walking Dead Profits

    Braaaaiiiinnnnns

    The original artist of The Walking Dead, Tony Moore, is suing his former collaborator Robert Kirkman (the creator and writer of the graphic novel) over the proceeds from the now-hit AMC show. Way back in 2005, Kirkman told Moore that their popular, award-winning graphic novel had the chance of becoming a TV show. Moore wasn't so sure about that, so he was convinced enough to sign over his rights to Kirkman completely. But now The Walking Dead is the highest-rated show on cable, and Moore is calling foul. Does he have every right to do this? Let's take a look at the back story.

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