Joe Buck plagiarized, but did he violate dad’s “copyright” (theoretically speaking)?

October 28, 2011

Pretend for a moment Major League Baseball didn’t own the copyright to World Series broadcasts. Did Joe Buck violate his dad’s “copyright” last night by plagiarizing the famous Minnesota Twins “we’ll see you tomorrow night” call from 1991’s famous Game 6?

Whether it was a tribute to dad or a lapse in creativity, last night’s plagiarism was glaring.  (Compare the 1991 call here with the 2011 call here.)

Son did nothing to add to dad’s creativity — a requirement for there not to be copyright infringement.  It sort of reminds me of Vanilla Ice ripping of Queen and David Bowie’s baseline from “Under Pressure,” a copyright case that ended in a big settlement.

It’s all theoretical, of course, given that MLB can’t sue itself.  And it was a spur-of-the-moment thing.  But still, c’mon Joe, add some value to your dad’s Minnesota Twins call.



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