Decisions in Brief

Recent Developments in IP Law

John C. Gatz

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Dismissing Plaintiff’s Case Easy as Pi

Erickson v. Blake, ___F.3d___, 102 U.S.P.Q.2d 1466, (D. Or. 2012). Erickson is a composer who created an orchestral work entitled the “Pi Symphony,” inspired by the number pi. Erickson assigned a musical note to each digit between zero and nine, and then arranged the work based on the order of the digits of pi. Erickson registered a copyright in this work in 1992. In 2011, Blake posted a video on YouTube called “What Pi Sounds Like.” Blake also had assigned a note to each digit, and then arranged a work based on the digits of pi. Erickson sued Blake for copyright infringement, and Blake filed a motion to dismiss.

 

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