We can each list a song that sounds like something else. We wonder if permission was sought or needed, and then follow with curiosity when a lawsuit is filed. One of the latest to catch our eyes is the lawsuit against Led Zeppelin over the song "Stairway to Heaven." Among the articles on this is this one entitled "Led Zeppelin are not thieves: 'Stairway to Heaven' fight rests on a nearly impossible copyright standard."
At various points during the semester, I mention Lawrence (Larry) Lessig and the talks he has given on our remix culture. With every music lawsuit, he words come to mind. If remix is again a fact of life, how can the law be changed to support it? I don't have an answer, but I do think that it is a question that needs to be tackled. Soon.
- Lessig, L. (2005). Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity
- Lessign, L. (2009). Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy