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Friday, November 19, 2004

Surprise: A hockey fight in Canada

Hockey_theme The Canadian national anthem, of course, is Oh Canada. But the song that runs a close second up in the Great White North is the theme song to the popular Hockey Night in Canada. That theme has not been heard much lately, what with the National Hockey League shut down by a lockout.  That’s left Canadians with "serious puck withdrawal," and looking as cheerful as George Soros the day after the U.S. election.

But a fight is brewing over the popular theme.  Composer Dolores Claman and the related entities that control the song have sued the Canadian Broadcasting System for for $2.5 million, claiming breach of contract and copyright violation. The suit says that the CBC improperly used the song in broadcasts outside Canada, in violation of the contract.

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