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By: DJ Particle
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Rank this week: 37 (↑42)
Duration: 4:28 
Release Date: 3/6/2010  (DJ Particle) 
Lyrics By: Emi M. Briet (DJ Particle) 
Music By: Emi M. Briet (DJ Particle) 
Produced By: Emi M. Briet (DJ Particle) 
Released By: Reika Recordings (DJ Particle) 
Published By: Reika Recordings (DJ Particle) 
Licensing: CC 
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  • Verses talk about: (1) Weird Al's 2006 fight with Atlantic Records, (2) Below Average Dave's 2009 fight with ASCAP, and (3) Peter Coffin's 2010 fight with Warner Music (DJ Particle)
  • Style parody of the Ting Tings (DJ Particle)
  • Song Lyrics:
    FAIR USE
    Lyrics & Music ©2010 Emi M. Briet

    It all started back in '94
    Supreme Court decision opened up the door
    "Roy Orbison parodied by 2 Live Crew
    Is a protected criticism", thus said the rule

    Fast-forward to the present, now pop is bland
    With dance divas, hip-hoppers, and boy and girl bands
    Scapegoats were needed 'cause they can't admit
    That their current crop of music mostly sounds like HEY!
    'Weird Al' was their test, would they let him critique
    With his parody song about nerds and geeks
    The artist said yes, the label said no
    So the song can't be bought, just free download

    Song parodies are on the go
    While the fatcats wanna try and stop the show
    It's all fair use but they don't want you to know
    Song parodies are hot today
    The industry wants 'em all to go away
    It's all fair use, so they don't have a say

    Attend the tale of BA Dave
    ASCAP emailed and what they had to say
    Was "parody is free but the backing beats
    Are owned by the ones who wrote it on the sheets"
    Still wrong, ASCAP, 'cause of this objective
    Instrumentals can be parodied! Still protected!
    But you have cash, Dave not so much
    So he had to bow down to your illegal crush

    Song parodies make the case
    For every one taken down, five take its place
    It's all fair use, they should end the chase
    Song parodies are here to stay
    Despite numerous threats by the RIAA
    It's all fair use, so transform away

    Hey RIAA, are you aware that if not for parody, I'd have never heard Lady Gaga's music? Thanks to a parody by Spaff and the Moneyshot Cosmonauts, I now count myself as a 'Little Monster'. The fact that you can't see this positive effect on your sales is criminal!

    Got another tale from Peter C
    His words mocked the source of the parody
    But Warner Music swung the banhammer 'round
    And a three-strikes rule took his YouTube down
    But Google was smart when he appealed his case
    Had his site back up in just a few days
    But a movement started from the online fame
    #TeamCoffin, #BooWarner, come and join the gang!

    Song parodies are on the go
    While the fatcats wanna try and stop the show
    It's all fair use but they don't want you to know
    Song parodies are hot today
    The industry wants 'em all to go away
    It's all fair use, so they don't have a say

    Song parodies make the case
    For every one taken down, five take its place
    It's all fair use, they should end the chase
    Song parodies are here to stay
    Despite numerous threats by the RIAA
    It's all fair use, so transform away

    You call us scum, call us infringing
    You call us pirates, more of the same
    Don't be so lame! Don't be so lame!
    Don't be so lame! Don't be so lame!

    You call us scum, call us infringing
    You call us pirates, more of the same
    Don't be so lame! Don't be so lame!
    Don't be so lame! Don't be so lame!

    You call us scum, call us infringing
    You call us pirates, more of the same
    Don't be so lame! Don't be so lame!
    Don't be so lame! Don't be so lame!

    You call us scum, call us infringing
    You call us pirates, more of the same
    Don't be so lame! Don't be so lame!
    Don't be so lame! Don't be so lame!
    (DJ Particle)
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    Stavro Arrgolus   Offline  -  Editor, MP3  -  07-12-10 11:46 AM  -  8 years ago
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    Fixed.
    DJ Particle   Offline  -  Moderator, Artist & D.J.  -  07-12-10 11:42 AM  -  8 years ago
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    There seems to be a couple of blank purchase links, but I can't clear them. When I try, the "save changes" button is greyed out.
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