A federal judge refused to dismiss claims by Warner Bros. and the Saul Zaentz Co. that the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien cost them “millions of dollars in license fees” from merchandising of “The Lord of…
It may come as a surprise to many that “Happy Birthday to You,” perhaps the most popular song in the English language, falls under copyright, or at least Warner/Chappell Music claims that they own…
In another twist in the battle over the rates that streaming music services pay publishers and artists, Broadcast Music Inc. filed suit against Pandora, claiming that the popular music service has…
Thanks to Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, and competition among international players, the five biggest studios are seeing a surge in licensing fees -- including coin earlier in a show's run -- but…
Warner Bros. has added new fodder to its counterclaim against the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien, which contends that the studio overstepped its bounds in merchandising “The Lord of the Rings” and “The…
Al Jazeera may have only one option to gain a strong foothold in the U.S.: Drop its license fees down to nothing.
Hulu has reached an agreement with News Corp. to keep TV programming from Fox Broadcasting Co. on the streaming service, according to sources.
Japan's giant pubcaster NHK is getting serious about forcing scofflaws to pay TV license fees.
A BBC funded by voluntary subscription, rather than the present license fee, would allow the corp. to operate as an international entertainment studio competing head-on with Hollywood, according to a…
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Domestic Film WEEKEND OF
PROVIDED BY: Box Office
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier1Weekend:$26.6M Disney
Rio 22Weekend:$22.5M Fox
Heaven is for Real
Heaven is for Real3Weekend:$21.5M Sony / TriStar