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Thread #36301   Message #500227
Posted By: GUEST
06-Jul-01 - 07:17 PM
Thread Name: Copyright Infringements
Subject: Copyright Infringements
Thought I'd jump with this one, as it isn't related specifically to the other subjects, though is similar.

This case just came to my attention in the last week.

A former member of American Irish group Black 47 has sued the BBC for using his song "Unrepentant Fenian Bastard" on a documentary about Northern Ireland without licensing permission.

For his side of the story see:

http://www.seanchai.com/

A very different song licensing issue than say, the Carthy/Simon one, as this deals specifically with a major media company's ripping off of a copyrighted song (not that it has never been done). What I think makes this case different is it's blatancy, particularly because it could so easily be argued they did it with a political purpose in mind.

Anyone else ever have any experience of such a thing, or is this case really as bizarre as it seems?

Please note, I chose not to title the thread "Unrepentant Fenian Bastard" quite purposefully!