Copyright 2.0 Show – Episode 288 – Creative Lawsuits

Gray CrayonIt is Friday again and that means that it is time for another episode of the Copyright 2.0 Show.

Sometimes a lawsuit is more than a lawsuit, it’s a work of art, a stroke of genius, a moment of radical clarity. Sometimes, it’s not what one sues over, but how they file the suit, that can change the world

This week we talk about two such cases including a lawsuit with the ability to free “Happy Birthday to You” and another that seeks damages not just for an infringement of a photo, but for all of the infringements that followed.

However, we also have a cautionary tale of creativity backfiring as now Pandora is facing a lawsuit from BMI after it bought a terrestrial radio station.

We also have an update on the fate of some of Megaupload’s servers and France’s “three strikes” regime and much, much more!

All in all, this is one episode of the podcast you definitely do not want to miss!

This week’s stories include:

  • Class Action Lawsuit Targets “Happy Birthday”
  • BuzzFeed Sued by Photographer
  • BMI to Sue Pandora Over License Fees
  • Megaupload Data Wiped in Europe
  • Dreamworks and Netflix Reach a Content Deal
  • France Disconnects First File Sharer
  • Stephen King’s Print-Only Book Still Pirated

You can download the MP3 file here (1:03:23, direct download). Those interested in subscribing to the show can do so via this feed.

Show Notes

About the Hosts

Jonathan Bailey


Jonathan Bailey (@plagiarismtoday) is the Webmaster and author of Plagiarism Today (Hint: You’re there now) and works as a copyright and plagiarism consultant. Though not an attorney, he has resolved over 700 cases of plagiarism involving his own work and has helped countless others protect their work and develop strategies for making their content work as hard as possible toward their goals.

Patrick O’Keefe


Patrick O’Keefe (@iFroggy) is the owner of the iFroggy Network, a network of websites covering various interests. He’s the author of the book “Managing Online Forums,” a practical guide to managing online communities and social spaces. He maintains a blog about online community management at and a personal blog at



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