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Who is coming to the rescue of Metallica parody band Beatallica? Lars Ulrich from Metallica. Yes, I find it hard to believe too.

   Full story is at NPR. Article was posted on March 15 by ChuckyG

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"Beatallica: Copyright Laws Have Become So Bland" by Chris Bodily TM
   Originally "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" by The Beatles
   Chris Bodily TM: I am deeply offended by the plaintiffs in this lawsuit. If I were a member of Beatallica, I would countersue stating that "paordies are fair use and not suceptible (susseptible? However you spell it) to copyright infringement, no exceptions." This is a parody of The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" entitled "Beatallica: Copyright Laws Have Become so Bland."
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Chris Bodily TM - March 16, 2005 - Report this comment
I'm surprised I'm the only person to a) write and/or suggest a related parody, and/or b) comment. I really hope that Beatallica wins this copyright infringement case. Do we really even need copyrights anymore? Someone's just gonna rip off or sample your songs anyway; you might as well deal with it! If you keep copyrighting songs, the courts will have more lawsuits then radio has hits (from any decade or radio format)! Rock on, Beatallica, and win this lawsuit... with Lars backing you up!
Red Ant - March 16, 2005 - Report this comment
Of course they need copyrights! If they didn't other people could freely and easily use TOS w/o permission from the people who wrote/played/edited/marked/etc. the original music. I have not seen the Beatallica parodies, but unless they use obvious sampling or exact wording from a Metallica song I see them in the clear. Even people who make parodies for a living e.g. Weird Al ask ( usually ) for the original artists permission before making the music or video. I must sadly agree you are correct that copyright infringement is a VERY low priority for law enforcement. Copyrights to me are very much like patents, while you can't "patent" a song ( or parody ), you use someones patent too closely and you will probably get slammed for doing so.
MrMacphisto - March 17, 2005 - Report this comment
I think the real issue here is that copyrights last too long. Disney decided to lengthen the copyrights for things like movies, just so they could milk the worth of Mickey for another 50 years or so. Doesn't it seem like cartoons as old as the original Mickey Mouse cartoons (which began in the 1920s) should be public domain by now? As for music, the earliest material by the Beatles is about 40 years old now. Copyrights should either maintain their current length or be shorten, because if companies like Disney keep wielding their power over copyright laws, you'll never see any of this stuff become public domain. To use an extreme example, imagine what the world of classical music would be like if Mozart's estate had the exclusive rights to his music. Wouldn't that suck?
Red Ant - March 18, 2005 - Report this comment
Agreed, MrMacphisto. I can see the point you make on Mozart. Granted copyrights ( as far as I know ) weren't around then, but I'm fairly sure there are some living relatives of Mozart ( and many other great composers ) that enjoy people playing his music and do not want any money in return. As far as people who wrote TOS and are still alive, I can see them having a problem ( or their producers ) with people using a variation of their name, lyrics, or instrument samples. I STILL think that Beatallica will win though. Also agreed their should be a "limit" of some type on copyrights, just as there is usually a 5-7 year patent on medicines, but again it's a very low priority for law enforement.
Katie - March 21, 2005 - Report this comment
i think that it is a great help! it helped me with my extra credit project of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! you are great!

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