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One of the most depressing copyright lawsuits in recent memory celebrated its third birthday this month. How much has been spent by musician Eddy Grant and defendant Donald Trump over 40 seconds of unlicensed music is unclear, but it's likely to be an obscene amount better spent on almost anything else. The chilling effect on fair use can't be measured in money.

Former President Trump is one of the most interesting characters to ever appear on the American political landscape.

Trump’s ability to attract and generate controversy will go down in history, as will his numerous appearances in copyright infringement lawsuits.

Musician Eddy Grant filed a complaint against Trump in 2020 and three years later there’s little positivity to report for anyone involved.

Ignorance and Emotion Fuel Fire

The background to the lawsuit can be summarized as follows: during the presidential election campaign, someone affiliated with Trump and his campaign posted