Friday, July 26, 2013

Copyright Law - Seventh Circuit: Does Kanye West Kill You or Make You Stronger?

Music Copyrights,  Access, Substantial Similarity, Song Lyrics, Motion to Dismiss

Peters v. Kanye West, 692 F.3d 629 (7th Circuit August 20, 2012).  Vince P. gave song “Stronger” quoting Nietzsche to Joe Monopoly.  Monopoly agreed to rep him if a label financed.  Deal fell through.  Less than a year later Kanye West comes out with megahit titled “Stronger” quoting Nietzsche.  Joe Monopoly is a producer on the album.   District court finds the songs not similar, affirms the district court’s dismissal following a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss.  Lyrics in opinion, good discussion of access.
 Purchase Copyright Litigation Handbook 2012-2013 by Raymond J. Dowd from West here  

No comments: