Saturday, September 26, 2015

REM and Survivor filed suits against Trump/Cruz and Kim Davis for unauthorized use of their songs

http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/do-candidates-have-the-right-to-conscript-songs-for-political-purposes/

http://nbc.com.co/r-e-m-files-half-million-dollar-lawsuit-against-donald-trump-ted-cruz/
Washington, DC — The band R.E.M has filed a $2.5 million lawsuit against Donald Trump and Ted Cruz over the unauthorized use of its music.

The incident happened Wednesday
on the steps of Capitol Hill as Trump walked to the podium with R.E.M.’s 1987 hit “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” blaring in the background.

http://nbc.com.co/survivor-files-1-2-million-lawsuit-against-kim-davis-mike-huckabee/
Salisbury, NC — The band Survivor has filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against Kim Davis and Mike Huckabee over the unauthorized use of its hit song “Eye of the Tiger.”

Davis, the Kentucky clerk who was jailed after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was released Tuesday
 morning, after serving six days in prison, to the sound of Survivor’s classic song “Eye of the Tiger.” The song played in the background as she, her husband, and Mike Huckabee celebrated her freedom in front of thousands of supporters.

It's instructive to consider that what happened when the Mark Driscoll plagiarism controversy was brewing in 2013 through early 2014 is that the publishers just went back and fixed the passages that were brought to the public space and then journalists began to write later about how the plagiarism was alleged. Driscoll's advocates, here and there, made a point of saying Driscoll hadn't done anything like embezzling money or cheating on his wife. But at this stage we have to observe that if you consult first editions of Driscoll books the case that Driscoll's books had uncredited use of others' ideas was easily made.  Whether it was due to his own oversight or the failure of a battalion of editors may never be known.

What's instructive is that the Christian publishing industry made the problem go away rather than let things get to the point where parties felt aggrieved enough to resort to litigation.

Meanwhile, if Grace Driscoll keeps putting herself out in the public sphere here use of Allender's work without citation in the first edition of Real Marriage might come up again. 

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