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.
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Friday, July 26, 2013
Copyright Law - Seventh Circuit: Does Kanye West Kill You or Make You Stronger?
Labels: access, copyright litigation, Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(6), kanye west, motion to dismiss, music copyrights, nietzche, song lyrics, substantial similarity
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