[sub]DISCLAIMER: This is going to sound really, really weird. Don’t worry, I haven’t seen this movie one too many times… this is more of a mindbender than anything.[/sub]
In Back to the Future, who is the author of “Johnny B. Goode?” I mean this more aesthetically than legally, though if a lawyer wants to weigh in on that angle, go ahead.
Marty McFly performed it first, temporally.
The only other person with a reasonable claim to its authorship–Chuck Berry–learned it from McFly.
This would seem to indicate that Marty is the author. However:
Similar to #2, Marty McFly learned it from someone else, namely Chuck Berry. :smack:
I doubt that, if pressed, Marty McFly would claim authorship over it.
I also doubt that Chuck Berry would, but maybe I’m naive.
I submit that “Johnny B. Goode” in fact has no author.
PS: Mods, feel free to move to CS if it’s more appropriate…