November 5, 2009 by Ren Bucholz
Ren Bucholz is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall and is taking the Intellectual Property Theory course.
Copyright holders, like musicians, have a knack for riffing on ideas from the past. Consider the many variations of the copyright infringement lawsuit. Every year brings more examples of a rights-holder who hears some element of their song, no matter how brief, followed by the sound of an opening cash register. Surely some lawsuits are aimed at scofflaws who just don’t want to pay for the soundtrack to their infomercial. Thankfully, copyright law provides no shelter to those who use an entire song, unchanged, to sell Slankets.