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Could Michelle Obama Sue Melania Trump Over Plagiarized Speech?

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by Crabtownboy, Jul 20, 2016.

  1. Crabtownboy

    Crabtownboy Well-Known Member
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    Honestly? Maybe.

    While I can’t imagine Mrs. O would ever actually pursue such a claim, lets explore how she could if she were so inclined.

    Artists, authors, speakers, and songwriters always own an automaticcopyright in the works they create. They can then choose to register that copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office; while doing so makes enforcing that copyright easier for the artist, registration isn’t strictly necessary. When someone copies all or some of a copyrighted work without permission, that person may have “infringed” on the original artist’s copyright.

    Copyrights don’t last forever, though. Under current law, a person making a speech today would own the copyright for his or her lifetime, plus another 70 years. After that, the text of the speech becomes part of the public domain, and anyone can copy it without legal consequences. When it comes to speeches written or given by employees of the federal government, things are different; under federal law, those speeches are part of the public domain, right from the start. The same goes for any government-produced materials that appear on the White House webpage, on which the text of many speeches is often posted.




    http://lawnewz.com/politics/does-mi...egal-claim-against-melania-trump-over-speech/
     
  2. carpro

    carpro Well-Known Member
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    Really dumb OP. Desperation on display.
     
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  3. OnlyaSinner

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    Agreed that Michelle Obama would not consider such a lawsuit. However, given the relatively small portion of the speech involved and that said portion was not all word for word (though very similar), I'd think some proof of intent would be needed for such an action to go anywhere.

    And given how many political-speech clichés make the rounds, I'd cite one of the more obscure corollaries of Murphy's Law: "Never open a can of worms unless you plan to go fishing."
     
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  4. Sapper Woody

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    If she did try and sue, then President Obama could be sued for all the speeches he's plagiarized. Seriously, look it up. It's astounding how much he's stolen almost word for word from other people.

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