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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    Rose M. Welch, 22 Oct 2008 @ 1:50pm

    Can you imagine the world without any copyrights or trademarks? How would you know if the Folgers coffee you bought was from Folgers? How would you know that the Transformers movie you paid to see was the one directed by Steven Spielberg.

    Those are examples of trademarks, which are given to help curb consumer confusion. The blog post never mentioned trademarks. The article is about copyright.

    Nice try at clouding the issue, though.

    Oh, also... Normal operations and irony are not mutually exclusive states. It can be both, ya know...

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