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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:36 pm

Heirs to New Hampshire poet sue Big Bang Theory producers for Soft Kitty
The heirs to a New Hampshire teacher who wrote a poem about a "soft kitty" eight decades ago said in a lawsuit Monday that TV's The Big Bang Theory is violating their copyrights.

Edith Newlin's daughters sued CBS and other media-related companies over the copyright to a song the lawsuit says has repeatedly been used on the hit sitcom.

According to the lawsuit, The Big Bang Theory, one of the highest-rated shows on television, used lyrics written by Newlin in the 1930s without buying the rights. The lyrics begin: "Soft kitty, warm kitty."

The Big Bang Theory characters have periodically sung a lullaby involving that phrase, often to comfort theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons.

A spokeswoman for CBS declined to comment. Messages seeking comment from other companies sued by Ellen Newlin Chase and Margaret Chase Perry were not immediately returned Monday.
Soft Kitty appears on piles of BBT merch

Edith Newlin died in 2004. She had worked as a nursery school teacher in Alstead, New Hampshire, for about 35 years. Her daughters still live in the small town.

The daughters' lawsuit, seeking unspecified damages from the show's producers and distributors, says the "soft kitty" lyrics have been used in their entirety on at least eight episodes of the show since March 2008. It says the lyrics also have been used in merchandising, including being displayed in their entirety on T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, pyjamas, mouse pads, mobile phone covers, wallets, air fresheners, refrigerator magnets, singing plush toys and other products.




http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/big-bang-theory-soft-kitty-lyrics-1.3382936


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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:38 pm

You have got to be kidding?

All I can say is now it will elevate her poerty off this, so they should be thanking them

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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:41 pm

Good, if the copywrite was hers and she wrote it, they broke the law and owe it.

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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:44 pm

And now her work will be elevated like I say.
They should be thankful for how the program has now made her work now become important.
Unbelievable

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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:52 pm

Right dickhead - better tell that to all writers of books, plays, poetry, lyrics etc.  How about telling Tim Rice that he should let his lyrics be stolen and be grateful for it.  Never having written a think in your life you don't have a clue about intellectual property rights.

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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:55 pm

Again Mrs fruitcake, she would not even be remembered if not this program had immortalised one poem.
Take your time understanding that, as without that, her works would have faded.
They should be thanking them/

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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 29, 2015 9:58 pm

So, not only are you a harbara troll but you are ok with intellectual property theft.  Sounds about right for a RW neaderthal.

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Post by Guest on Tue Dec 29, 2015 10:02 pm

Again would her work ever of seen the light of day if not for this program immortalizing this one poem?
Its a simple question.
I am not denying that the family should be compensated for this, but their reasoning is based on a fallacy, as they would have no cause if not for the success of the actual program.
I guess this is way over that simpleton mind of yours to contemplate

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Post by nicko on Wed Dec 30, 2015 7:15 am

Never heard of it till this came up!
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