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Sony blocks library's parody 'Read It'

29 Nov 12 - 03:46 PM (#3444475)
Subject: Sony blocks library's parody 'Read It'
From: Jim Dixon

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?


29 Nov 12 - 04:15 PM (#3444493)
Subject: RE: Sony blocks library's parody 'Read It'
From: GUEST

Yeah! Don't you dare look at this.


29 Nov 12 - 04:20 PM (#3444496)
Subject: RE: Sony blocks library's parody 'Read It'
From: Jeri

Sony relented, and it's on YouTube


29 Nov 12 - 04:57 PM (#3444512)
Subject: RE: Sony blocks library's parody 'Read It'
From: Jim Dixon

Well, that makes me happy.

Where do you suppose the instrumental part came from? It sounds rather professionally done. A karaoke track, maybe? What's the legality of that? Can you take a karaoke track, add your own vocal, and post it on the internet without getting the permission of the people who made the karaoke track? I wonder if Sony owned that, too?


29 Nov 12 - 08:42 PM (#3444610)
Subject: RE: Sony blocks library's parody 'Read It'
From: GUEST,.gargoyle

The ability of Yancovich to pull off a spoof and record "Eat It "....

lie in his original (accordian based) sound track.

Sincerely,
Gargoyle

The kids learned a valuable lesson...research FIRST.


30 Nov 12 - 03:45 AM (#3444692)
Subject: RE: Sony blocks library's parody 'Read It'
From: GUEST,BobL

You'd think library staff of all people would be fully aware of the need to get copyright permission. What were they thinking of?


30 Nov 12 - 04:23 AM (#3444703)
Subject: RE: Sony blocks library's parody 'Read It'
From: Richard Bridge

In the USA there is a defence of parody. I think it turns on "transformative use" but I'd have to check. Neither of those things is so in the UK.


30 Nov 12 - 09:27 AM (#3444800)
Subject: RE: Sony blocks library's parody 'Read It'
From: GUEST,Grishka

BobL,
What were they thinking of?
Well, they get much more publicity by staging a victory over Sony. That's how showbiz/propaganda works nowadays.