Did you know that The Big Bang Theory’s showrunners were sued over a song?
What song, you ask? Let’s just say it’s the kind of song you sing to someone who’s feeling under the weather…
The sitcom was sued over Soft Kitty by Margaret Chase and Ellen Newlin Chase, daughters of Edith Newlin, who wrote a poem the song was based on in 1930.
While their mother did, in fact, wrote the poem, she failed to register it or establish any kind of copyright claim over it before her passing in 2004.
Without the necessary copyright, then poem was then considered public property, which is why the poem was selected to create the song, which has been sung in different episodes through the seasons.
The judge ruled in favor of the show, though we’re hoping they credit the song whenever they use it, and with season 12 already greenlit and the show’s spin-off, Young Sheldon, already started, we’re betting it’ll happen more than once.