Monday, February 25, 2008
Looking for innovative ways to teach? Here's a creative idea. In connection with Peter Friedman's Legal Analysis & Writing Course at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, the students are writing cross-motions for summary judgment in a fictional lawsuit brought by ASCAP and the owners of the copyright to "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)."
Students in Prof. Friedman's course are equally divided between plaintiff and defendant roles. The Plaintiffs allege infringement of their copyright in Que Sera, Sera by the KLF, the creators of a recording entitled "K Cera Cera." K Cera Cera (mp3) purports to be a recording of the Red Army Choir singing an amalgam of Que Sera, Sera and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Happy Xmas (the War is Over). The Defendants also include Arista Records, the U.S. distributor of K Cera Cera, and Arista's corporate parent, Sony BMG. In the course of the students' work in researching and writing their summary judgment briefs, they and the professor will post items on a blog that raise and explore the legal and policy implications implicit in the infringement claim and Defendants' fair use defense.
hat tip: Peter Friedman