Friday, April 22, 2011

Parodies - Weird Al

There are some interesting reports on the web that Weird Al was not given permission to release this parody of Lady Gaga called Born This Way:

Arguably permission is not needed and this is a fair use. Had this taken place in Australia the situation would have been more complicated. While parodies are protected under Australian copyright law and they come clearly within fair dealing provisions (ss 41A and 103AA Copyright Act 1968 (Cth)) moral rights that specify the non derogatory treatment of copyrighted material may have required permission to be granted to ensure there is no breach of the Copyright Act (s 196AJ). The clip is a little boring but given the hasty release perhaps there is a chance another will be released soon.

Further Reading

TechDirt, Weird Al Denied Permission To Parody Lady Gaga... Releases New Song For Free Anyway [Updated] (21 April 2011) < > at 22 April 2011

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