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"This Land" was made for you and me, JibJab Media says in a lawsuit seeking the right to use the Woody Guthrie song This Land Is Your Land in an online parody of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry....JibJab, which is run by brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, says in its suit, filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court, that the video is a parody and doesn't infringe on Ludlow Music's copyrights.There is nothing on EFF's website that I could find and this is the only report of a lawsuit I've seen. I'm trying to confirm this report with EFF.
UPDATE 1150 PT
I've received anonymous confirmation that a lawsuit was filed (JibJab Does File Lawsuit - "This Land" a Fair Use Parody)
Other JibJab News
If this is danger, bring it onWith regard to JibJab the Blawg Channel points to Stanford's Copyright & Fair Use Center for more information on the issues involved (Research Site of the Day).
The Richmond Organization is alleging that an online cartoon parodying the presidential race is causing "huge" damage to its copyright of Woody Guthrie's folk classic "This Land Is Your Land." But what it's really doing is adding some much-needed levity to a heated political season. The owners of the copyright are asking www.JibJab.com to stop distributing the cartoon that features John Kerry and George Bush as cartoon characters singing new words to the patriotic ditty. As obvious political satire, it's surely protected free speech. It's irreverent. It's funny. It jabs both sides. The true danger would be a lack of good satire in a presidential election year. [emphasis in original]
USA Today had an odd column about the JibJab phenomenon. The article doesn't discuss the copyright issues, but is bizarre enough that I thought I'd point it out (This Net was made for you and me and the rest of the world).
I've now added a "JibJab Category" to my lists of categories to make following the story easier.
USA Today article is 'bizarre'? You're either exceptionally polite or a master of understatement.
I'm continuously amazed at what depths people are required to go to just to protect what should obviously be protected rights.
For Pete's sake, it shouldn't take a rocket scientist (or a judge) to see that what they've created is a parody. Somehow though, the sword-rattling gets going, and things escalate for no reason.
I guess I should just be thankful that neither party has tried to scare them with a cease-and-desist for some kind of defamation or whatnot.
C'mon Guthrie folks, just enjoy the extra attention the song is getting. Maybe if you were smart you'd offer to team up with jibjab and offer downloads of the song for $.99 on itunes.
Tracked on July 31, 2004 07:47 PMEmbargo Lifted from Copyfight ...and the numerous reports are now confirmed: "In light of the July 30 deadline that Ludlow had set down in its threat letters to JibJab and its upstream hosting providers, we [EFF] felt we had little choice but to file... [Read More]
Tracked on August 2, 2004 03:54 AM