In one high-profile case last month, a dispute between pop star Robin Thicke and the estate of funk legend Marvin Gaye landed in a federal court in California after members of Gaye’s camp complained about similarities between Thicke’s summer hit “Blurred Lines” and compositions by Gaye as well as the band Funkedelic. Thicke claims the Gaye estate is trying to copyright an entire genre. Matthew Sag, a Loyola University Chicago law professor specializing in copyright infringement, said the line between imitation and illegal copying can be blurry.
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DeAndre Brackensick, the Oak Grove High School graduate featured on American Idol, is this year’s special guest performer. He’s expected to sing both holiday songs and crowd favorites. The pre-show starts at 5 p.m. and includes performances by students from Willow Glen High School, the Lincoln High School Convertibles dance team and Harker School. Brackensick will perform as part of the tree lighting ceremony from 7 to 7:30 p.m. That portion of the show will also feature Ballet San Jose Nutcracker characters and performers from Children’s Musical Theatre.
A Family Christmas: An original musical drama featuring choirs, orchestra, handbells and a cast of all ages, Dec, 7-8, 7 p.m.; Dec, 9, 3 and 5:30 p.m, Saratoga Federated Church, 20390 Park leather summer moccasin | handcrafted | artisans carik | cosplay renaissance faire | ecochic | driving shoe |ballet flat | lady Place, Saratoga, Free, 408-867-1000, http://www.saratogafederated.org, Visions of Sugar Plum Fairies: The San Jose Wind Symphony and Maestro Edward C, Harris perform Christmas classics, Hanukkah hits, audience sing-alongs and a rollicking “Sleigh Ride.” Young dancers of Ballet Petit under artistic director Peggy Peabody will perform selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker.” Walter Mayes narrates this family-friendly concert, Dec, 9, 3 p.m, McAfee Performing Arts Center, 20300 Herriman Ave., Saratoga, $7-$22, www.sjws.org, 408-927-7597..
Patty Cakes Story Time: 11-11:15 a.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 26. For babies and tots up to 3 years old attending with a caregiver, the program features songs, rhymes and stories with an aim to early literacy. Picture Book Time: 11-11:30 a.m. Thursdays through Nov. 21. Children 3-5 years old may attend without a caregiver. Book Buddies: 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays (Call 925-673-0659 to confirm the program on a specific Wednesday). A book buddy volunteer reader is in the library to read stories to children 3 and older.