Friday , May 20 2022

Elvis Booted From the Building

Certainly the copyright owners should be compensated, but how is ANYONE served by booting to the curb a 16-hour Elvis Presley bio video?

    A U.S. appeals court brought down the curtain Thursday on a film documentary about singer Elvis Presley, saying it made improper use of copyrighted film, photo and musical material.

    ….The case centered on a video called “The Definitive Elvis” a 16-hour documentary that retailed for $99 after costing Passport Video more than $2 million to make.

    Elvis Presley Enterprises, entities that owned the rights to various Presley television appearances and Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who wrote the hits “Jailhouse Rock” and “Hound Dog,” objected to the documentary’s use of their material.

    The 9th circuit upheld a lower court decision blocking the further distribution of the video.

    “It would be impossible to produce a biography of Elvis without showing some of his most famous television appearances for reference purposes,” the court wrote.

    “But some of the clips are played without much interruption, if any. The purpose of showing these clips likely goes beyond merely making a reference for a biography, but instead serves the same intrinsic entertainment value that is protected by Plaintiff’s copyrights.” [Reuters]

Dissenting judge John Noonan asked why the public interest hadn’t been taken into account and called the decision a “miscarriage of justice.”

What is copyright for again?

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About Eric Olsen

Career media professional and serial entrepreneur Eric Olsen flung himself into the paranormal world in 2012, creating the America's Most Haunted brand and co-authoring the award-winning America's Most Haunted book, published by Berkley/Penguin in Sept, 2014. Olsen is co-host of the nationally syndicated broadcast and Internet radio talk show After Hours AM; his entertaining and informative America's Most Haunted website and social media outlets are must-reads: [email protected],, Pinterest America's Most Haunted. Olsen is also guitarist/singer for popular and wildly eclectic Cleveland cover band The Props.

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