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Not So Fast: DOJ Sues To Block Acquisition of Simon & Schuster

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief The US Dept. of Justice has filed suit to block the $2.2 billion acquisition of publishing giant Simon & Schuster by Bertelsmann, the parent company of its larger… . . . read more

Actor Zach Avery Pleads Guilty To $650 Million Licensing Fraud

By Gary Symons TLL Editor in Chief The Hollywood actor Zachary Horwitz—better known by his stage name Zach Avery—faces decades behind bars after admitting his role in a $650 million Ponzi scheme. Horwitz was charged… . . . read more

ESPN In Talks For $3 Billion Sports Betting Deal

The Disney-owned sports broadcaster ESPN is looking at licensing its brand to major sports betting companies, with a price tag of at least $3 billion. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, ESPN… . . . read more

Legal Action Threatened Over Pic of Naked Man Chasing Pig

A German actor whose photograph of a naked man pursuing a wild boar went viral has said she might take legal action against a company that duplicated the scene for model railway enthusiasts. While hilarious,… . . . read more

AC/DC Launches Beer, Sex Pistols In Licensing Battle

There’s Anarchy in the UK, as The Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones and drummer Paul Cook are suing former band frontman John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) over the use of their songs in the upcoming… . . . read more

Not So Nice: Baron Cohen Sues Pot Shop

Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has filed suit against a Massachusetts cannabis shop for using an image of his character Borat on a billboard (pictured here) without his permission. According to documents filed in… . . . read more

Universal Music Announces Licensing Truce With Triller

The months-long licensing dispute between Universal Music Group and the social video site Triller appears to be over, as UMG announced it has signed a worldwide agreement for its music catalog. Triller is a social… . . . read more

Google Inks 30 News Licensing Deals in India

Google has continued its global program to license news and current affairs content, as part of a campaign to assure lawmakers that it is not threatening the viability of the global news media. As part… . . . read more

India’s Tips Industries Licenses Music For YouTube

As the short video wars heat up between TikTok, YouTube Shorts, and Instagram Reels, music labels are enjoying new value for licensing their IP. Now, India’s Tips Industries has signed a lucrative deal with Google,… . . . read more

Writers Form #DisneyMustPay Task Force In Royalty Dispute

Disney has been getting back into the publishing business in a big way in recent years, but the acquisition of several publishing houses has also brought some headaches in the form of writers who say… . . . read more


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