Zeus’ parental scoldings not protected under Copyright Act

October 9, 2014

  • 99 Copyrights and Intellectual Property
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10-09-14Statements made by Zeus to Athena and Ares in copyrighted screenplays, where Zeus says, “Stop it … right now … the two of you. There has been more than enough argument between mortals and among us Gods,” were not protectable under Copyright Act, since statements were ordinary, clichéd, and likely had been spoken by every mother of multiple children.

Bissoon-Dath v. Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc., 694 F.Supp.2d 1071, (N.D. Cal., 2010)