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Nov/03

Finally, An Elvis Reference


If you clear copyrighted materials for a living then you may wish to read this Ninth Circuit case that applies the fair use test to various bits and pieces relating to Elvis (such as his appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show) that were used in a documentary.  Interesting dissent.

Elvis Presley Enterprises, et. al. v. Passport Video, No. 02-57011 (9th Cir. Nov. 6, 2003).

While I have no quarrel with Elvis’ version of ‘Hound Dog,’ I prefer that of Big Mama Thornton, recorded in 1953, written by Leiber and Stoller (who were also plaintiffs herein).

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