Here’s a Sneak Peek at This Year’s Mock Trial Problem

The TBA YLD Mock Trial Committee will release the problem and rules for the 2014 Tennessee High School Mock Trial Competition on Monday, Dec. 2. Earlier this week, the committee released a two-page summary of the case to give teams something to ponder over the Thanksgiving weekend. This year’s problem involves allegations that a hit song climbing the Billboard country charts violates the copyright of a song penned by Jessie Jameson, a struggling singer-songwriter living in Weston County, Tenn. The infringement suit claims that Jordan “Catnip” Evergreen had access to Jameson’s song. The plaintiff also will call musicologist Dr. Doe Raymie to testify that the hit song is substantially similar to the one written by Jameson. The defense will argue that Evergreen did not factually copy the song and that there is no similarity between the lyrics of the two songs. Exhibits will include audio files of the two songs – created specifically for the mock trial competition. The case will include the usual twists and turns that make the competition fun, but also educational. Special thanks to Mock Trial Committee Chair Josh Dougan, Vice Chair Will Holloway, and committee member Christian Barker, who as president and artist manager at Capri Nashville, provided the expertise for the problem. Watch for the case material to be posted on Monday. Sign up to receive an email alert when the materials are posted.