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Trademark Dilution - Bye bye American Pie

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    Registered Users Posts: 4,286 damien


    They're only trying it in the states at the moment but you never know

    http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/release.cfm?ID=2128
    For instance, when Don McLean sang about driving his Chevy to the levee and finding the levee dry, the songwriter could have been sued for trademark dilution under the current language of the bill. Or when Walter Mondale criticized Gary Hart during the 1984 primaries by using Wendy’s slogan, “Where’s the beef,” the remarks could be considered a trademark violation under the bill as passed by the House.


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  • “fair use” has been nibbled away at by the Music Industry for ages. The powers given as part of the war on terror are nibbling away too. Freedom of speech, as long as you don't say anything annoying.

    http://www.don-mclean.com/aboutdon.asp Don has maintained the publishing rights to his songs.
    DonMclean wrote:
    "So when people ask me what "American Pie" means, I tell them it means I don't ever have to work again if I don't want to."




  • “fair use” has been nibbled away at by the Music Industry for ages. The powers given as part of the war on terror are nibbling away too. Freedom of speech, as long as you don't say anything annoying.

    http://www.don-mclean.com/aboutdon.asp Don has maintained the publishing rights to his songs.


    I take it the Digital Rights group are also looking at the IPR Enforcement Directive as well as Data Ret and Data Priv.

    If not I guess this is an area for concern. The IPR-ED was not the nicest of EU work.

    Tom


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