Carla Bruni Sues French Newspaper For 'Counterfeiting' After Posting Clip Of Her Singing WWII Song
from the counterfeiting dept
Eriq Gardner points our attention to the news that French first lady and singer Carla Bruni is suing a French newspaper claiming "counterfeiting," after it posted a 50-second clip of her singing Douce France, a 68-year-old song by Charles Trenet. As Gardner notes, in the US, this would almost certainly be fair use. But, in France... apparently it's considered "counterfeiting," because the snippet heard "was a simple draft version, a preparatory work and not a definitive recording." Is it any wonder that her husband, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been working hard to make sure France has the most draconian copyright laws around?