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Jennifer Garner is stepping up her game for the next generation. After years spent serving as an ambassador for Save the Children, the actress has signed on to join the board of trustees for a six-year term, the organization announced Tuesday. "In my new role with Save the Children, I hope to make an even bigger difference in the lives of children right here in America and around the world," says Garner, who often visits with families involved in the Save the Children’s Early Steps to School Success program, which coaches families on activities to help kids grow and learn in the early years. »
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Sky has won a High Court case after being accused of plagiarism with its show Must Be the Music.
Waif Productions co-founders Brian Wade and Geraldine Perry had accused the broadcaster of stealing their idea for the 2010 show, which saw contestants battling it out with original songs.
The duo alleged that Must Be the Music ripped off their format The Real Deal, which would see contestants performing original songs for a panel of songwriters, with the songs available to download after each episode.
However, Broadcast reports that Mr Justice Birss found in favour of Sky.
"Sky's evidence was cogent and taken as a whole presented a clear and persuasive picture," he said. "I find that Must Be the Music was created entirely independently of The Real Deal."
Meanwhile, a Sky spokesperson said: "We are pleased that the court has found that Must Be the Music was independently created, as we have maintained throughout. »
Sky is being sued over its 2010 reality show Must Be the Music.
The competition - hosted by Fearne Cotton and judged by Jamie Cullum, Sharleen Spiteri and Dizzee Rascal - saw contestants battling it out with original songs, which were available to buy after the episode had aired.
The show ran for just one series before being dropped by Sky because of its cost and low ratings, with Cullum later suggesting that the format "wasn't cruel enough".
However, Waif Productions co-founders Brian Wade and Geraldine Perry have filed a lawsuit claiming that the format was their idea, Broadcast reports.
The duo say that they had the idea for a talent show featuring original compositions, with songwriter judges and the ability to download the songs after the show.
A Sky spokesperson confirmed that the broadcaster will fight the lawsuit, saying: "A format infringement claim has been brought against Sky relating to »
1973's The Sting took it global, but there's more to ragtime music than that film's Keystone Kops crazy-chase soundtrack
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One album was all it took to herald a revival. In 1970, the year of Simon & Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water and The Beatles' Let It Be, a record of arcane late 19th-century American piano music, released on a label that was otherwise building its reputation as a chronicler of the hardcore American avant-garde, began to sell in implausible quantities. Audiences ordinarily enamoured of piano miniatures by Chopin, Brahms and Liszt were suddenly taking pleasure in the compositions of Scott Joplin, the Texas-born "King of Ragtime" whose über-catchy 1899 Maple Leaf Rag brought him immediate popularity, but who died in 1917 with two typically embarrassing composerly problems hanging over him: syphilis and a terminally unproduced opera, Treemonisha, »
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