Oddest Copyright Lawsuit Ever: Oprah Sued For... Um... You Have To Read It Yourself
from the pro-se-copyright-suits dept
Every so often it's fun to highlight some of the nuttier pro se lawsuits out there, but this one may take the cake. Eriq Gardner, over at THResq, who pointed this one out, claims it's the oddest Oprah Winfrey case ever, but I'd take that even further, and say it may be the oddest copyright lawsuit ever filed. And it is, technically, a copyright lawsuit, though it'll get thrown out for failure to state a claim pretty quickly I'm sure. As for why this woman, Tiffany Gouch, is suing Winfrey, well, I really have no idea. Winfrey is mentioned as someone that Gouch admires... and that's about the most coherent thing in the filing. There are claims that Gouch wrote some of the biggest hit songs of the past decade -- from artists like Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx, Mariah Carey and Britney Spears -- but that the notebooks she wrote them in disappeared, and then suddenly "her" songs started appearing on the radio. The lawsuit helpfully (well, not really) also supplies the lyrics of "her" songs and the lyrics of the songs from others she now claims to have co-written. There's also the point where she claims "in settling this case" (?) she's just looking to find out who some "phone friend" was. Anyway, here's a snippet, but, you really should read the whole thing, embedded below:
Members of the Jackson family, particularly Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson's mother will help bring this case to a resolution. No person, except someone in high rank, with enough clout and position could have possibly convinced all of these great artists to use my lyrics to help make me a star. I want to meet every one of them. Some of them I have already had the opportunity to meet.And I still have no idea what any of this has to do with Oprah. Or Michael Jackson's death, but that's in there too...
But in the end the business and the law are clear: as co-author of these songs I am entitled to reap the benefits of my work (copyright statute 17). And in fact I have the right of first use on my side. These being huge hits that they have become I am grateful and look forward to negotiating fair and equitable settlement for my work. The lyrics used in these hit songs were direct copies from my journal that was found in Sandra's home. (See the attached lyrics and proof of similarity in submission B pgs 1-25).