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Sep 20, 2011

A federal appeals court recently reinstated a $675,000 fine levied against a Boston University Ph.D. student found guilty of sharing copyrighted music online.

The Recording Industry Association of America originally sued the student, Joel Tenenbaum, in 2009. A jury subsequently found him guilty of infringing on 30 copyrights by sharing files via peer-to-peer website Kazaa, including tracks by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eminem and Incubus.

Sep 6, 2011

Elvis Presley Enterprises, the business arm of the rock 'n roll icon's estate, recently sued Arista Music in Germany for unpaid past royalties and future royalties related to ringtones, downloads and apps that use The King's music.

The suit refers to a decades-old deal between RCA Records, Arista's parent company, and Presley's manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker.

Aug 31, 2011

Richard Cupolo and John Emanuelle, the two members of the New York-based band the American Dollar, have sued Lakewood Church of Houston for $3 million, alleging the largest church in America engaged in copyright infringement.

The suit says Lakewood licensed the American Dollar instrumental song, "Signaling through the Flames," for use on its website, but the agreement expired in March.

Aug 30, 2011

Memphis rapper Teflon Don recently sued fellow rapper Rick Ross, alleging the title of Ross's 2010 hit album, "Teflon Don," constitutes trademark infringement.

Teflon Don told MemphisRap.com his suit also names Def Jam, Universal Music Group, Slip N Slide Records, Maybach Music Group and DJ Khaled.

Aug 29, 2011

Brooklyn, New York-based rockers Black Water Rising recently filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the New Jersey Devils hockey team.

BWR front man Rob Traynor was informed by a friend that the hockey franchise was using the band's song "Rise" as the team's stadium entrance and exit music, according to a statement the band put out. Traynor said he discovered the song was used as background music on a video being played during Devils games.