Monday, September 22, 2008

You break it, you own it

A bankrupt composer has lost the rights to his own works after loosing a libel suit against a newspaper which had printed a bad review of his opera. Now the paper owns the rights to the opera. Which means, of course, that if they wish to realize any monetary value from the work, they'll have to produce the very same opera they previously panned. Doesn't it sound like a great subject for an opera? Read about it here. (Hat tip: Silliman's Blog.)

4 comments:

Samuel Vriezen said...

I was just reading the same story (through same source). You're right, Daniel - in fact it's nearly the perfect converse comedy to The Producers...

Charles Shere said...

Hard to know who to sympathize with here, but it sure reinforces my attitudes toward "intellectual property," and freedom of speech...

Paul H. Muller said...

I guess one solution that might be acceptable to all concerned is to sell the rights to Hollywood.

They will make an unrecognizable version of it.

taylan susam said...

Who reads reviews anyway?