[UPDATE]: A reader notes that I may be being unfair to Mr. Coulton, as there is evidence that he at least attempts to avoid giving gratuitous offense to people not of his partisan faction. I therefore retract the comment, with a polite apology.
Short version: Jonathan Coulton created a cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s immortal Baby Got Back, back in the day (he’s using the song under a license; this will be important later). The song is pretty much how you’d expect John Denver would do the song on an acoustic guitar after John had smoked himself half-mellow; it’s entertainingly transgressive, people had a good chuckle, most of us forgot about it.
Moving along: so, eventually Glee - yes, that show – apparently decided to cover Coulton’s version themselves without bothering to even tell him. Shamelessly (click the link and listen for yourself). How shamelessly? Well, here’s their (alleged) response to Coulton (bolding mine)?
MORE MORE UPDATE 1/25: Well, they aired it, seemingly unchanged. And it’s now for sale in the US iTunes store. They also got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they’re within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it’s my version – so you know, it’s kind of SECRET exposure). While they appear not to be legally obligated to do any of these things, they did not apologize, offer to credit me, or offer to pay me, and indicated that this was their general policy in regards to covers of covers. It does not appear that I have a copyright claim, but I’m still investigating the possibility (which I consider likely) that they used some or all of my audio. I’ll write something longer and more detailed about this when I can get my head together about it probably in a couple of days. Thanks for your support, but please continue not to burn anything down.
[UPDATE]: Welcome, Instapundit readers.
Instapundit put up a 38 second video that shows the growth of unemployment by county since January of 2007 (short version: it’s doubled). As one of his readers later noted, the video looks like nothing so much as a video of a standard zombie infestation.
I can work with that.
“re: Your Brains” is copyrighted by Jonathan Coulton, and is available for non-commercial use via a Creative Commons license. The audio is available at Jonathon’s website. Buy his stuff; he’s quite good.
First off, we have Zombie Jamboree:
…via Tommy Christopher. Odd fact #1: I banned him from RedState once. Odd fact #2: I follow him on Twitter, and vice versa. Odd fact #3: this is, yes, kind of contradictory; but as they say, business is business. Besides, this isn’t a political post.
Anyway, in answer to that I have this.
Because, well, any excuse to play that one is a good one.
PS: Watching people conga to Zombie Jamboree may not be the most surreal experience out there, but it’s definitely weird.