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Thread #22681   Message #248758
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
28-Jun-00 - 06:09 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Parody of Willie McBride
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Parody of Willie McBride
No. Recording a parody to the real tune without asking the authors permission to use that tune is an offence. Pubishing a parody is not (unless its a really BAD parody), because you have changed the content and thus made it your own. There are people who get snotty about others parodying their work, but can do nothing about it unless the parodier wants to record it. An example is this; Ralph McTell wrote 'Streets of London'. A group of football supporters 'borrowed' the song and changed one word - the name of the city - and sang it on the terraces. Ralph can do nothing whilst 2000 fans sing it on the terraces, BUT as soon as a TV programme wants to record it for part of a quiz question ('They think it's all over', for the 'what comes next' round) he can threaten legal action and get the changed word bleeped out or prevent it from being aired at all.

OK? Of course, it may be different in the US, things usually are.....