$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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  1. identicon
    Dr. Kopp E. Wright, 11 Aug 2009 @ 5:07pm

    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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