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I received quite a few emails asking me for a take on this, so here goes.
What's incredibly unfortunate is that, on the day after a pretty entertaining final series finished, the top hockey story comes as a result of a well-timed press release designed to turn public favour against one party in a fairly ridiculous lawsuit.
David Staples put together the best piece on the funny business:
The composer of the piece, Claman, and her company, is suing the CBC for $2.5 million. They allege the public broadcaster has repeatedly used the song in broadcasts not covered under her license agreement and has refused requests to negotiate additional fees, according to a statement of claim filed in an Ontario courts, Canwest News Services reports.The public opinion war has already come out in full force, as this was the most-read and most-commented-on story at globeandmail.com on Thursday, and I've had several requests to join "save the song" Facebook groups.
Hard to believe this lawsuit isn't a big part of the present fight. It's worth noting that it was Claman's side that just went public with this. Why did they do that?
Perhaps to make the most noise at the best moment, just as hockey is at the height of its news cycle, with the Stanley Cup just awarded to Detroit.
All reasonable efforts will be made to keep the song, for obvious reasons, but at some point, enough is enough. The song is popular because of the CBC, the show and its traditions, not the other way around, and Hockey Night in Canada should be able to purchase the rights for a just price.
The composer has been well-compensated for 40 years for a short piece of music put together in less than a day, and the $2.5-million lawsuit is a flat out attempt to gouge the broadcaster.
Don't fall for this one.