Monday, January 12, 2015

Taylor Swift takes on the Great Omnipotence

By +Brad Naylor

It is a brave soul that goes head to head with the all powerful, the Great Omnipotence (noun), The Big G, and the spunky young songstress, Taylor Swift thinks she has what it takes. She has filed a lawsuit against Google requiring them to cease using the phrase "Speak Now" as part of their voice command system, claiming they are infringing copyrights from her 2010 album and single releases of the same name.

Speak Now - Taylor Swift vs Google
Speak Now - Taylor Swift vs Google
Even though Miss Swift is very influential right now, Google is a powerful machine with a lot of money and some of the best lawyers on the planet and she will undoubtedly fail. Google already have a long list of victories against purveyors of popular culture.

In 2012, indie rockers, Radiohead unsuccessfully sued Google for using the phrase "OK Google" to launch their new voice search, Google Now, claiming that Google stole the term from their 1997 album OK Computer. The case was thrown out and the judge told frontman Thom Yorke that Radiohead really isn't that important in the grand scheme of things.

Last year, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of South Park, withdrew their complaint that Google subsidiary Android had 'totally ripped off Terence and Philip', a couple of secondary characters in the once popular Comedy Central show.

Terence and Philip and 'Andy'
Terence and Philip and 'Andy'
See if you can spot the likenesses in the following Android commercial.

What do you think? Will Taylor win her case? Did Android rip off Terence and Philip? Is Radiohead's popularity a figment of Thom Yorke's imagination? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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