Dear Doc:

I know a copyright is only national in scope, but that the Berne Convention requires signatory countries to accord rights to copyright holders from other nations. I recently heard the theme song for the Beijing 2020 Winter Olympic Games. It reminds me of another song I have heard thousands of times, but I can’t quite put my finger on which one. Can you help?

The Wicked-ly talented Adele Dazeem

Dear Adele:

I believe that you’re thinking of the song “Let It Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen”. At least, having heard that song about 10,000 times himself, the Doc believes that’s the one. Because this is a newsletter, and not a podcast, the Doc is going to have to ask readers to do a bit of jiggery-pokery, uh, mouse clicking, to see what you’re talking about. So, here is the original Disney song:

Now listen to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Theme:
And finally, here’s a direct comparison:

All the Doc can say is, “Copyright never bothered me anyway.”

Have a question about plagiarism, or about how to run a ski competition on bare dirt? Call the attorneys at LW&H. They may be able to help (at least with the copyright and other intellectual property stuff.)

Until next month…

The Doc
— Lawrence Husick, Esq.