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Jul 14, 2011

Jack Urbont, composer of the Iron Man theme song for the 1960s cartoon The Marvel Super Heroes, has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against hip-hop musician Ghostface Killah, alleging the rapper illegally used the Iron Man theme on his 2000 album Supreme Clientele.

According to the New York Post, court papers say Urbont is filing his claim 11 years after the album release because, being over 80 years old, he only recently heard the rap star's music.

In addition to composing the Iron Man th

Jun 30, 2011

The Internet has created several major legal battles within the music industry, as piracy and illegal downloading have become prevalent.

Jun 24, 2011

Recording artists are not immune to the law and their arrests are publicized almost immediately after they occur due to their exalted status in society. Tone Loc - one of the original rappers that helped start the hip-hop movement in the 1980s - is the latest musician to be charged with a crime.

Tone Loc, also known as Anthony Terrell Smith, was arrested for domestic violence recently at an apartment complex in Burbank, California.

Jun 9, 2011

Drug charges can be brought against any U.S. citizen that is in violation of federal law. Recording artists are not exempt from the rules, and Willie Nelson is no stranger to this predicament.

Nelson, now 78 years old, was arrested in November at the U.S. border in Texas.

Jun 1, 2011

The current state of the music industry has led to a consolidation of companies, due to the lack of resources and revenue available to companies. Warner Music Group (WMG) was purchased recently by Access Industries in an effort to cash out on the remains of a former music empire.

WMG originally sold to the Russian-American business led by Leonard Blavatnik for $8.25 a share, which represented a 4.4 percent premium on the music company's stock.