Intellectual Property Law


“This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright # 154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don’t give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that’s all we wanted to do.”

I read this quote whilst perusing Techdirt. It was an article about how a stunning effort by a mathmetician was able to restore the only live recording of Woodie Guthrie (I’m not giving you the link for him, go Google on your own). That effort won a Grammy award. Contrast this with the fact that the alleged creator of the catch-phrase “My life. My Card.” is now suing one of American Express’ advertising agencies for intellectual property theft… Yoko Ono is suing a performer by the name of Lennon Murphy for daring to name her album “Lennon”… and just the current mixed up state of what is and is not valid IP protection. It makes you wonder what things are really worth. Perhaps those folks at Wheel Of Fortune were quite prescient when they required a contestant to buy a vowel?


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