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  • DISCUSSION: Glee 'steals' indie musician's arrangement

    This article in Wired got me to thinking...


    Jonathan Coulton Explains How Glee Ripped Off His Cover Song



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    The chorus seems a little weak... I think it needs more lasers.

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    My judgement on this is clouded by my hatred of ironic rap covers.

     

    ANYWAY, in "rearranging" the song he added melodies that werent in the original. Couldnt he just sue for the melodies? Instead of treating it as an unathorised use of "his" song, treat it as an original song that is ripping off his work. I dont know if theres precendent for this.

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    • LCK
      LCK commented
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      It's a blatant rip-off of Coulter's version, which clearly makes it an issue of intellectual property rights.


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    This looks like a situation where what's legal and what's right don't match up. On the other hand, deincentivising the creation of ironic cover versions may be the accidentally noble outcome.
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    • LCK
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      Chicken Monkey wrote:
      This looks like a situation where what's legal and what's right don't match up. On the other hand, deincentivising the creation of ironic cover versions may be the accidentally noble outcome.

      I liked the cover version. (The original, not the one on Glee.)


    • rangefinder
      rangefinder commented
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      Chicken Monkey wrote:
      This looks like a situation where what's legal and what's right don't match up.

      +1 to this. Glee can do whatever they want, of course, and it's par for the course in Hollywood to ingore/bully the little guy. But you think they could have thrown him a bone somehow.

      Legally, I'm not so sure that any change in this area would be a net positive. Every basement band in existence would try to establish claims on "their" arrangements, and you'd have a dozen lawsuits every time anybody performed a cover song in any highly (or not-so-highly) visible way.

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