Monday, November 13, 2006

Better never than late?

I thought I had traveled back in time - but it's today's story.

One of the band members of Procol Harum is claiming that he is a co-author of "Whiter Shade of Pale", a terrific and obviously very lucrative song from 1967 - notable for its Baroque and Bach inspired elements.

There's apparently a trial underway.

Now, this song was released almost 40 years. That's a long time - one might have though an excessively long time.

So - it will be very interesting to see how the Court treats the limitation period issue and how this got as far as trial in the first place. The alleged infringement was hardly hidden away.

Apparently, the Judge is musically inclined.

According to the Bloomberg story:
An electric organ has been set up in the court room for Fisher to play as part of his evidence. Justice Blackburne, who said he was "of an age to be familiar'' with the song and the Summer of Love, asked for the organ to be left on while the court room was out of use to allow him to play the sheet music submitted as evidence in the case.

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