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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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 22 Oct 2008 @ 2:04pm

    Re: WTF Mike

    Not everyone wants compensation for the work they did N years ago, in perpetuity. Those that do, I treat with due condescension and disregard while I write spend hours every day writing open source code to give to the world because I am a hippie/economist/libertarian type.

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