On July 18, 2008, singer-songwriter Paul Simon had a strong case for copyright infringement when he sued a Japanese clockmaker.
Why? Reuters reports the company was using Simon and Garfunkel’s massive hit “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as a composition included in a line of clocks.
Simon’s lawyers filed a suit claiming clock company Rhythm Watch Co Ltd. had used the song in 40,000 clocks over a three-year period without his permission.
The lawsuit stated the song was “one of the best-known songs throughout the world in popular music” and that the Grand Nostalgia Clock model used it without permission amongst a selection of other hits.(more…)