EA Sued For Copyright Infringement Over College Fight Song

from the what's-good-for-the-goose? dept

Isn't it funny how some of the strongest defenders of copyright seem to have other opinions when they're on the other side of the fence? EA, which has kicked up lots of dust about copyright and DRM and the importance of intellectual property, is now finding itself on the receiving end of a lawsuit from from a composer and song writer alleging copyright infringement for the use of the UNLV "fight song" in various EA sports games. The guy claims to own the copyright on both the lyrics and the music. It's unclear if EA was under the impression that UNLV had licensed the song, and we often don't think of university fight songs as being helped along by copyright (you generally want more people singing them). So, while I think EA should be able to use the song without any trouble, it's always amusing when strong defenders of copyright suddenly find themselves in legal battles in which they may discover that copyright creates some new problems they didn't expect.

Filed Under: copyright, fight song, infringement, unlv, video games
Companies: ea

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    Mike (profile), 22 Oct 2008 @ 3:55pm

    Re: Copyright Law

    The only people who want to do away with copyright law are the people who don't create any original content.

    That, of course, is simply untrue, but nice strawman.

    How about we have YOU work for free?

    You seem mightily confused. I'm assuming you're new around here. But not having copyright does not mean working for free. The business models we have laid out (http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20070503/012939.shtml) are actually about helping people make more money by not relying on the copyright crutch.

    How would you like THAT?

    Making less money by shrinking my own market? That sounds pretty bad, actually. Why do you support it?

    I hope the composer gets a licensing fee/royalty to which they are very much entitled.

    You do realize the more likely result is that EA simply stops using the song, decreasing its awareness level, and potentially substituting some other song that gets a lot more attention and potentially replaces the original? The composer is shooting himself in the foot.

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