Music overdubbing for broadcast

From: Alan Lewine <alewine[_at_]>
Date: Mon, 09 Sep 1996 14:34:29 -0400

> Went to an outdoor arts concert today. One of the acts was Seattle's
> Total Experience Gospel Chior. Amazing Talent. They were raising
> money to cover litigation fees for a pretty interesting infringement
> case I thought I'd share with you: This singing group has been around
> for 25 years and sings at every local music happening. They had never
> been on national TV before last year when they were one of the NW acts
> featured on a nationally broadcast PBS show. They perfomed "Amazing
> Grace" and small takes of a few other songs. However, when broadcast
> they were shown performing, but another group was heard. They had
> been "poorly" overdubbed by "a group with a lot less talent". The
> production editors either screwed up the original soundtrack, or
> figured if you've heard one "Amazing Grace" you've heard them all.
> The Total Experience is sueing, and made the comment that their lawyers
> think this suit will broaden definitions of trademark/creative property
> infringement.

Here's an interesting situation for discussion as a hypothetical. This was just described to me by a friend (I'm in no way invloved in the actual case). I don't know any more facts now, but is there a copyright cause of action here?

Alan Lewine

"[I]n sex as in other areas of life, beware governmental regulation."
     --Richard Posner, "Sex and Reason" (1992)
Received on Mon Sep 09 1996 - 18:39:38 GMT

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