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EMPIRE In Legal Fight Over Use Of Show Title From Record Label!

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Another legal dispute involving a soap opera?  Shocking? …  not for daytime or primetime soap fans.

News today via TMZ has that a legal battle is brewing between Fox and their hit show Empire, and a company known as Empire Distribution, a record label that has many well-known artists attached to it including: Kendrick Lamar, N.O.R.E, and Sean Paul.

TMZ is reporting that the the label claims Fox has no right to use the name Empire because the show tarnishes its brand. Empire Distribution has claimed it’s being hurt because the fictitious label on the show is run by a ‘homophobic drug dealer prone to murdering his friends.”‘

However, it looks like Empire Distribution is willing to deal with the name if they get some green moolah! They say they will take $8 million to settle this dispute and $5 million if the show uses Empire Distribution’s artists as regulars on the series! Fox has countered filing a lawsuit by asking a judge to declare Empire Distribution’s demand bogus.

So, what do you think of this lawsuit and the claims by Empire Distribution soap fans? Comment below!

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richard
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richard

Oh now that the show is that talk of Hollywood, NOW yall wanna sue?? Please, have several seats!!! #haters

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

Its all about the moolah…nothing else…if it tarnishes their image as they so claim, why would Empire Distrubition want any part of it? MONEY, MONEY, MONEY! I bet there wouldve been no fuss hadnt Empire not been the most talked about show of the season!!!

Anacarrie
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Anacarrie

Ridiculous. Every time I turn around; someone tries to attack the show. Whatever.

jonboy
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jonboy

Once something is successful all the roaches come out of the woodwork with tentacles out for a piece of the pie.

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Bogus demands? I don’t think so. Fox created a fictitious label and apparently used a real-life label’s name without permission! Uh, hello? Where was the legal team’s due diligence. Sounds like a legitimate complaint, and Fox’s legal team should be shown the door!

su0000
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su0000

There are thousands of Empire labels..
Empire Carpet for one ..
Question is; who owns the word Empire? .. lol

Mo
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Mo

ED justs wants a cut of the action. Don’t blame them for trying, but anyone who can’t tell fiction from reality isn’t worth it.

Nick D.
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Nick D.

Nice try, but association with the #1 on TV does not “tarnish a brand.” This lawsuit will not survive a motion to dismiss. “Empire” is about as generic a name as one can dream up for this sort of show and/or a record label. They also made a huge mistake by saying they’ll take less if the stars of the label get to be on the series – undermines their entire argument that the series tarnishes the brand. The label needs to fire these attorneys – this lawsuit was dreamed up by the attorneys to make $$$$ because it has… Read more »

vinman
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vinman

THE ALMIGHTY –
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Lawrence
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Lawrence

All I can say is lol. Should have done some research

Rose
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Rose

Another frivolous lawsuit. It’s all about the money, publicity, and ambulance chasing lawyers. So maybe one of other companies that have Empire as part of their name should sue Fox or Empire Distribution for tarnishing their companies name with the bad publicity generated by either/both a homophobic father or questionable lyrics in some hip-hop lyrics. Or sounding too much like a Marvin Gaye song.

Julie Haze
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Julie Haze

Hollywood: Home of Whores.

Rebecca1
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Rebecca1

Ha! Maybe Baretti’s behind it!

Torqumada
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Torqumada

Bye, Felicia.

Meritless

Patrick
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Patrick

thee #1 show of all time… or near that…
and… thee #1 album…. soundtrack… also a record… coming from a tv show

which bums me out… with regard to album debuts

it beat out Madonna : “rebel heart” which came in at #2

Patrick
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Patrick

#1 show of all time… if you factor it in all the criteria

impressive

I’m so happy for the whole cast

simply have got to give prop to Taraji P Henson and Terence Howard

“thank you”

Liam
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Liam

Patrick, I like the show and ratings are pretty great, but why are you saying it’s the #1 show or near that of all time? That is simply not true.

Mo
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Mo

NY state is suing as well, claiming Fox stole the name from them, the Empire State.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I might have believed them if they didn’t throw in that bit about having their own artists featured on the show– that demand throws their case out the window. Otherwise I did think they had a case– not that I think anyone really would confuse the a real company with a fictitious one, but just the possibility it could should have been enough to get some cash out of Fox, not eight million dollars, but something —- of course their motive is money and self promotion, but a lot of civil lawsuits are about that and that is why judges… Read more »

Cameron Williams
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Cameron Williams

haters just want money . I love Emipre

rebecca1
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rebecca1

they’re not haters…they just want compensation…or publicity. whether they’ve got a case is for the lawyer’s to decide…but I doubt they’re hatin’.

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Jussie Smollett Releases New Rap Single ‘Thank You God’ Speaking On the Injustice of His Court Case

Now that former Empire star, Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) is out of jail while appealing his conviction for the 2019 Chicago hate crime hoax, in which he was at the epicenter, the singer/actor wasted no time dropping a rap single.

On his Instagram account, Smollett posted a short clip of a new rap song, which speaks about his court case and the injustices brought down upon him by the system.

The track entitled,“Thank You God,” features Smollett rapping lyrics like: “You think I’m stupid enough to kill my reputation?”  He also raps, that there will come a day when he can sit down and talk with his followers.  He gives a mention to “D.L.” who many believe is CNN anchor, Don Lemon, who was originally one of Smollett’s main advocates.

Jussie served 10 days of jail time of his sentence of 150 days before being released . He also has 30 months of probation ahead of him and was ordered to pay $120,106 to the city of Chicago and a $25,000 fine for his actions.

Smollett says any funds raised for “Thank You God” will be donated to the Illinois Innocence Project, Rainbow Push, Secure The Bag Safety.

Check out Jussie’s Instagram post containing the rap below/

Now let us know, what do you think about Smollett releasing this track and still defending his innocence? Comment below.

 

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‘Empire’ Star, Jussie Smollett, Sentenced to 150 Days In Jail For Fake Hate Crime Attack

Late Thursday, former Empire actor and singer, Jussie Smollett, was sentenced in Chicago more than three months after being found guilty on five felony counts to the alleged 2019 hate crime hoax that made national headlines, and got the actor fired from the former Fox primetime drama series.

In the sentencing, Smollett was sentenced to 150 days starting immediately.  In addition, he received 30 months’ probation, and has to pay the city of Chicago $120,106 in restitution, plus Jussie received an additional $25,000 fine.

Cook County Judge James Linn, who levied the sentence, came down hard in his words on Smollett due his actions noting he was, “selfish, arrogant and narcissistic.”  The judge added, “You wanted to make yourself more famous throwing a national pity party for yourself. You’re just a charlatan, pretending to be the victim of a hate crime.”

Linn went in on Smollett for his ‘performance’ and ‘pure perjury’ when the actor took to the witness stand in his own defense last year.

At the end of his sentencing, Smollett pulled down his mask to speak. He then let everyone in the courtroom know that he feels he is innocent, adding, “Your honor, I respect you and I respect the jury, but I did not do this. And I am not suicidal. And if anything happens to me when I go in there, I did not do it to myself. And you must all know that.”

Just before he was taken into custody, Smollett yelled again that he was innocent and raised a fist in the air as he exited.

Watch the sentencing of Jussie Smollett below, then weigh-in.  Did Smollett get enough of a sentence for his crime? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Ex-‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett Found Guilty On Five Counts For Hate Crime Hoax

Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon) from Fox’s former primetime soap opera, Empire, was found guilty on Thursday on five of six felony counts of disorderly conduct stemming from making a false report to the Chicago police department that he was the victim of a hate crime.

The actor’s account of the story dates back to 2019 and finally made its way to the Chicago court system for trial.

In the end, a jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours Wednesday and today to return the verdict after sitting through testimonies of 13 witnesses.

According to reports, Smollett did not look at his family or the judge during the reading of the verdicts on the six counts he was charged instead he looked at the jury members.

Smollett could face up to 3 years in a prison and a $25,000 fine, Judge James Linn will have discretion in imposing a concurrent or consecutive sentence for each count.  That will happen at a later date.

Special prosecutor Dan Webb said at a post-verdict news conference: “Mr. Smollett would not have lost this case as he did today unless the jury found that he lied to them. The fact that he came up with a completely ridiculous story to explain his misconduct did not apparently have an impact on the jury’s verdict.”

During the trial brothers, Bola and Ola Osundairo testified that Smollett had paid them to stage the hate crime attack on him in an attempt to get media attention.  The brothers testified that they fake punched Smollett, poured bleach on him, put a noose around his neck and used racist and homophobic slurs, because Jussie told them to do so in return for the money.

According to Smollett’s defense team, they will appeal the verdict.

So, what do you think about the guilty verdict for Jussie Smollett? Comment below.

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