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Thread #148362   Message #3444475
Posted By: Jim Dixon
29-Nov-12 - 03:46 PM
Thread Name: Sony blocks library's parody 'Read It'
Subject: Sony blocks library's parody 'Read It'
Teens' 'Beat It' Parody Sparks Feud With Michael Jackson's Estate, Record Label
Teens at a Pennsylvania library had hoped to inspire kids to read when they transformed the lyrics of Michael Jackson's 1983 hit "Beat It" into "Read It" and posted it on the Internet.

Instead, they have a fight on their hands with Sony-ATV Records, which owns the rights to Jackson's song with his estate and refused to grant them permission to post it on the Internet.
It goes on to say Sony finally granted permission for the parody to be posted on the library's own website, but not on YouTube.

What's the difference?

And aren't parodies supposed to be free anyway?