Pharell may feel he got a bum deal in with the when a court sided with the Marvin Gaye’s heirs regarding the likeness of his “Blurred Lines” and Gaye’s “Got to give it up.” This Russell Ray post shows some early cases when Goliath lost to David (or, based on your perspective; David lost to lil’ David).
And his intro took me down memory lane: (ahh Long lost Lotus, where are you now).
Many decades ago when personal computers were just hitting the market, I got a gig with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Houston’s largest law firm at the time, merging the computer culture with their corporate culture and teaching their secretaries, paralegals, assistants, and attorneys how to use computers and the prevalent software at the time, which was Lotus-1-2-3, PC Write, WordStar, and WordPerfect.
Ever since those days I have had an inordinate interest in the law, often making it an avocation wherever I have been.
Perhaps the aspect of law that I most enjoy is copyright law, so it’s only natural that when my love of music butts heads with the law, I find it interesting. I mean, after all there are only so many notes, chords, and riffs that can be strung together to make music and songs. Over time, then, there’s bound to be a little borrowing here and…
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