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Re: Copyright / Fair Use / Anti-SLAPP / etc.

Postby MojaveMike » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:25 am

Creators Of Dance Moves Suing Creators Of Fortnite Over Copyright Infringement That Can't Possibly Have Happened
In order to sue for copyright something must first be something that can be copyrighted! :laugh:
Here's the things about the lawsuits: while they all allege copyright infringement, no copyright infringement has actually occurred. This is an extremely difficult hurdle to leap when suing over copyright infringement.
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Re: Copyright, etc.

Postby dilbert » Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:39 am

FORTNITE DANCE MOVES: My understanding is that probably there is no case here, but that there is some uncertainty. Also depending on what countries the lawsuits are filed in may mean that results will be mixed. That being said the concept of copyrighting dance moves is just plain stupid. So, I hope that no one succeeds in suing the creators of Fortnite.
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Re: Copyright, etc.

Postby pcslim » Thu Feb 07, 2019 8:43 am

FORTNITE LAWSUITS: I seriously doubt that these lawsuits will go anywhere. However, the only point of the lawsuits may be to provide free publicity for those who filed them. That's often the entire point of a lawsuit nowadays and that's why there should be penalties imposed for filing frivolous lawsuits.
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Re: Copyright / Fair Use / Anti-SLAPP / etc.

Postby drdesert » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:21 pm

DOJ/Copyright Office File An Amicus Brief In Support Of Led Zeppelin
The two songs in this case have passages which are similar, but even those brief passages don't amount to actual copyright infringement. Descending from a minor chord chromatically is quite common in music and so it seems bizarre to assert that there is infringement, but when there's money involved sometimes people will do crazy things, even if it's a bit of a stretch.
The case is so strange that even the RIAA and the NMPA stepped in to warn against overprotection by copyright. Let me repeat that. The RIAA argued to a court that you could go too far in protecting copyright. Really.

Interestingly, Bach (who obviously predated both Led Zeppelin and the other band) used the same musical pattern as we see here:
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