US High Court won't Hear 'Let's Go Thunder' Case

May 30, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal from a man who argued that he owned the copyright to the phrases "Go Thunder" and "Let's Go Thunder."

The Oklahoman reports  the high court rejected the case this week without comment. Charles Syrus sued the NBA team's ownership group, arguing that the phrases were protected by copyright because he used them in a song about the Thunder.

By declining to hear the appeal, the high court leaves in place a federal appeals decision that sided with the Thunder.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in November that the phrases "Go Thunder" and "Let's Go Thunder" do not reflect the "minimal creativity" that is necessary for copyright protection.


Information from: The Oklahoman,

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