Hollywood Docket: Carla Bruni Sues Newspaper Over 68-Year-Old Song
Singer and French First Lady Carla Bruni is suing a French newspaper for posting a 50-second audio clip of one of her performances.
Bruni sang an Italian version of "Douce France," a 68-year-old song by crooner Charles Trenet. Part of the performance was then posted by Midi Libre, interpreting the choice as a vocal way of supporting her husband, President Nicolas Sarkozy, and commemorating the death of Trenet. In the United States, this would certainly classify as "fair use" to copyright laws, but France is know to be less permissive of copyright breaches. Bruni is suing for "counterfeiting."
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