Americans are known for crying foul that other nations are supposedly stealing their music, tech and who knows what. But in reality, Americans are doing much if not all of the stealing. We’re not going to get into the fact that literally every TV show broadcast in the US is “borrowed” from Europe, but there is increased tendencies of Hollywood stealing music and then somehow presenting it as their own.
First Sacha Baron Cohen stole much of his music for his hit movie “Borat” from Macedonian legend Esma Redzepova without paying a cent to her in ropyalties, for which he was sued.
Now, certain Tyler Bates stole iconic and ageless Macedonian song “Zajdi Zajdi” by Aleksandar Sarievski for the Hollywood produced movie “300”, and he simply put his name as the author in the credits. Is he serious?
And if you think this is bad, a popular video game Battlefield 1, not just that it stole the same song (Zajdi Zajdi), it didn’t even bother to change the lyrics, you can actually hear the song sang in Macedonian.
Next time Americans talk of copyrights or patents, send them this link.