Oprah Sued for a Trillion

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  1. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Oprah sold 650M copies of a book? Of poetry? :eek: Am I missing something here?
     
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    They must have meant 65 million copies, which is only slightly less ridiculous.
     
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    Consider her lucky. He contemplated suing her for a million-bajillion dollars, but at the end, he felt it was unreasonable.
     
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    Sad part is, she may actually have a trillion dollars. :rolleyes:
     
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    Lloyd: "I'm suing Oprah for a trillion dollars."
    Reporter: "Uh... why?"
    Lloyd: "Because she liked my book so much, she used it."
    Not that I condone plagiarism, but aren't there bigger fish to catch in the world of crime? Like... Osama Bin Laden? Somebody along those lines.

    On a completely unrelated note, I think we should have MacRumors Forums Comedy Contests. (MFCC). @Abstract gets my vote. :D
     
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    I have to agree, that sounds like a good idea.

    It would be just like the Weekly Photo Contest, and people nominate amusing posts from the week, then at the end of the week, last-weeks comedian gets to choose the winner. They recieve title of MacRumors Comedian of the Week and get to choose who to pass it on to next.

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    Wonder what he would settle out of court for.
     
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    A trillion is clearly absurd since the whole book was not his, just certain select parts, allegedly. In that case, the court will have to decide the extent to which Goffe's poetry shaped the book and reach a settlement based on the level and scale of the plagiarism. I doubt Oprah can plead fair use or appeal to the parody clause if there are parts lifted from his book.

    I can't blame him for trying though. It's not like poets actually make money from writing or performing poetry (with a few exceptions). Oprah is much better situated to sell and market her books, so it's only natural to want a cut if some level of exploitation is involved.
     
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    Sorry, I only have change for a $1,000,000,000 bill.
     
  17. Furi Kuri macrumors member

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    Yea, thats crazy.
     
  18. G.T. macrumors 6502a

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    650 million * 20 = 13 Billion not 1.2 Trillion
     
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    Yes, the math in the original article doesn't make sense.

    Hard to believe this is for real.

    Weird.
     
  20. Sijmen macrumors 6502a

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    Milliard to some ;)
     
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    + 1.2 trillion
     
  23. G.T. macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I'm british but I think the UK has given up on milliard (correct me if I'm wrong, do u live here?) I think it is accepted now the 1000 million is a billion like in america instead of a million million.
     
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    Yeah I just hoped to add to the confusion.
     

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