August 14, 2013 — A couple of years ago, I fell in love with the song “Home” by Daughtry…♫ ♫ I’m going home to the place where I belong ♫ ♫…Still love that song! Anyway, fast forward a couple of years later and it was “Home” by Michael Bublé…♫ ♫ Another aeroplane another sunny place I’m lucky, I know but I wanna go home ♫ ♫..this song just melts my heart.
In 2010, Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeros made me fall in love with another song called “Home” ♪ ♫ ♫ Alabama, Arkansas, I do love my ma and pa, not the way I do love you ♫ ♪ ♫. Then came “Home” by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips ♪ ♪ ♫ Hold on, to me as we go, as we roll down this unfamiliar road ♪ ♫ ♫. So if you search through my iPod, there are 4 songs titled “Home”. Did some research and found out that between 1969 and 2012, there have actually been 34 songs from around the world titled “Home”. Amazing yes?
So how is this possible in a world where there are copyright laws you might ask? Well, in many countries, including the U.S. and Nigeria, copyright laws do not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases.
Copyright in Nigeria protects original works, be it literary, musical or artistic works. Names, movie and song titles, and other short phrases are not subject to copyright protection but may find protection in other forms of intellectual property.
This means that while the actual movie is protected by copyright laws, titles are not protected by copyright laws. Those of us who are familiar with Nigeria’s movie industry, Nollywood, can attest to many movie titles that remind us of some of our favorite American movies!
U.S. Movie Industry Nigeria’s Movie Industry
A Time to Kill, 1996 A Time to Kill, 1998
Braveheart, 1995 Brave Heart, 2005
Executive Decision, 1996 Executive Decision, 2004
Most Wanted, 1997 Most Wanted, 1998
Pretty Woman, 1992 Pretty Woman, 2004
Sleeping with the Enemy, 1991 Sleeping with the Enemy, 2004
Unfaithful, 2002 Unfaithful, 2012
Unforgiven, 1992 Unforgiven, 2012
Violated, 1953, 1984 Violated, 1996
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