Thursday, June 12, 2008

Commentary on Footprints in the Sand

Info/Law » And Then I Carried You... Into Court.
Fun article in the Washington Post about a copyright dispute over the banal “Footprints in the Sand” poem that’s a favorite of poster stores and greeting cards everywhere. There are at least 3 contenders for authorship of (and copyright in) the poem. Why would anyone be eager to claim credit for this annoyingly trite set of verses? Law as economics: there’s a considerable market for those plaques, collectible figurines, and even derivative works such as pop songs.

This is from Derek Bambeuer's discussion of a copyright dispute over the Footprints in the Sand poem.

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