Ben Stein trips over IP

Walter Olson:

With all his lawyer chums from Milberg-witness days, you’d think Ben Stein could have saved the makers of his creationist movie from stumbling into textbook IP infringements [Myers, again, WSJ law blog].

Ouch.  Ben is an odd guy.

UPDATED:  But evidently he — or, more likely, his “people” — is not such the slouch in the “fair use” department — WSJ Law Blog snark notwithstanding.


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Author:Ron Coleman

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4 Responses to “Ben Stein trips over IP”

  1. Chris
    April 22, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    I have seen the movie.. It seems the linked articles were getting their information secondhand.

    Imagine was only heard for at most 6 seconds (I didn’t have a stopwatch, but having read this before I saw the movie, I payed attention to that portion) The linked articles say 25 seconds of the song was used. Thats a gross exaggeration.

    The context was:

    Science guy says something about eradicating religion during an interview. Ben Stein says “Hey didn’t John Lennon say this a few decades ago.” Cut to 6 second clip with the two lines of “Imagine” that speak to ridding the world of religion.

    I don’t know that you can call that “textbook IP infringment”.

  2. Chris
    April 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    The comments section for that press release are an absolute train wreck.


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