With thoughts of copyright swimming in my head, I drove home from school somewhat bleary-eyed from the long day. Imagine my surprise when I saw this realty sign! Now to you, this might mean nothing, but these lyrics are instantly recognizable to a certain generation of listeners-80s music lovers!
Have a listen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHONNcZbwDY
Or is it? The original lyrical version is “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” Here two little words have been cleverly changed. I can’t help but think this was the exact intention of the company. It certainly piqued my interest.
This brings up a more questions.
- What if Lionel Ritchie took the realty company to court?
- Does changing it to “Hello It’s me you’re looking for “make it substantially different?
- Could he quote Cinar Corporation v Robinson 2013 SCC?
- Do fair dealings apply? Parody?
- Does using it for a commercial purpose extinguishes the ability to use fair dealings?
- What if the judge was a 70s music lover and did not recognize the iconic 80s line?
- Would he throw the case out?
Lionel, if you are reading this – Call me. “It’s me you are looking for.” I can help. Happy weekend all!