$1 Trillion Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Oprah Dismissed

from the well,-phew dept

We’ve seen all sorts of bizarre copyright claims over the years, but I can’t recall anything quite like this. Apparently, Oprah Winfrey was sued by some poet for $1 trillion, claiming that the TV talkshow star had ripped off a poem. One would hope that his poetry is better than his legal skills, as the lawsuit was quickly dismissed, noting that the poet failed to register a copyright on his poems, and a prerequisite before a copyright infringement lawsuit is to have the works registered. While it’s never good to support bogus litigation, it’s difficult not to wonder how this guy planned to substantiate the $1 trillion number. Even the big shots in the RIAA and MPAA don’t go that far…

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The Infamous Joe (profile) says:

Re: general question

Here’s the scoop, as I understand it: Your works are automatically copyrighted upon creation, but to enforce it, it has to be registered. After registration, you may enforce your copyright, not from the time of registration, but from the time of creation.

I know, it makes absolutely no sense, but that’s the way it is.

will says:

bad math

The author has a big ego and no math skills. He claims she sold 650 million copies of his poetry online for $20 a pop and he wants the 1.2 Trillion dollars she got.

He either doesnt realize that 650 million x 20 is only 1.2 Billion. Or maybe he was going for the 1000 fold RIAA penalty assessment.

Personally I dont understand why he doesnt sell his own work online if he believes that many people want to read it.

Dr. Kopp E. Wright (profile) says:

Pick a number....any number...

I think that I shall never see
a talk show host richer than Ophrah on TV
who slipped in a little rhyme….
now someone wants her to do time!!
When is deminimis gonna remind the folk
that using a few of the same words is no crime…its a joke
Oprah you got off lucky….
if young Shakespeare would have Copyright Office Registered…
it might not have been so ducky! 🙂

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