A CELEBRITY HOST
co-produces a one-run, syndicated TV sports special and wants
to underscore parts of the show with instrumental music by his
favorite artist. The host rejects music from a production library
as being too pedestrian, and insists that his personal relationship
with the artist should forestall any problems in making a deal.
The show's deadline passes with no response from the artist,
and the tracks are used. Four months later the artist's attorney
responds with a demand of $50,000. The library of music would
have cost $750. The host telephones his regrets to his former
co-producers from the set of his new project.
At a recent national auto show, a major automobile manufacturer
rolls out its latest concept car to the strains of a well-known
heavy metal song. While the producers of the event assumed that
there was no problem playing the music live, they forgot that
hundreds of news cameras were rolling to capture the event,
and footage of this dramatic new car introduction was soon being
transmitted around the globe. The result? The band claimed that
their song had been appropriated to promote the car without
their permission and filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit!