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Tafelberg Short: Awakening the Lion: The Case of The Lion Sleeps Tonight (eBook) | Current Affairs & Issues

Owen Dean


The story behind the story of a copyright saga that made international headlines. After Solomon Linda, a struggling South African musician, composed what became the world-renowned song The Lion Sleeps Tonight, he was convinced to sign away his rights. While the song became ever more popular, Linda died unacknowledged and his family remained impoverished.
Copyright expert Owen Dean tells the gripping story of the battle for reparation for the Linda family. From a simple start where his advice is commissioned by the Gallo music company to taking on other international entertainment juggernauts, this legal thriller has a lion’s share of twists…

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Stellenbosch IP Chair blog, IPSTELL
Cobus Jooste


It is to the author's credit that he was able to deliver his message in around 30 pages, whereas a book of around 250 pages would have not been amiss and would have given him the freedom to give full expression to the story. The book is but the tip of the iceberg of the story of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" case. Furthermore, the author should be commended for the level of care and effort invested in his book to make it accessible and particularly entertaining reading for everyone regardless of their interest in, or knowledge of, law or intellectual property.


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Tafelberg Short: Awakening the Lion: The Case of The Lion Sleeps Tonight (eBook) | Current Affairs & Issues

Author: Owen Dean
Category: Current Affairs & Issues
ISBN: 9780624057321
Date Released: 04 January 2013
Price (incl. VAT): R 55.00
Format: ePub, 52pp

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Owen Dean

Owen H. Dean is Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Stellenbosch University. He was previously a senior partner, now a consultant, of leading intellectual...