Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Spinal Tap removed Lego Video from their DVD.

August 11, 2009
Spinal Tap relents, removes Lego video from DVD

By Eriq Gardner
Lego_600 Some companies have a funny bone. Others don't.

Take Lego Systems for instance. The makers of those block toys have stopped the legendary spoof band Spinal Tap from including on its new concert DVD a stop-action film using Lego pieces in a depiction of a concert performance of "Tonight I'm Going to Rock You Tonight."

Lego claimed that the 14-year-old who created the video had violated its copyright. Actually, the company doesn't care so much about copyright — it didn't complain after the White Stripes released this great video — but evidently the song's adult language was too much for the company.

Kia Kamran, Spinal Tap's intellectual property lawyer, says he believes the band's depiction is "fair use," but they took it out of the DVD anyway.

We bring a lot of news about onerous copyright protectors, so let's also celebrate one company that has embraced user-generated remix culture. Check out the Slap Chop remix making the rounds on late night television. The company behind the Slap Chop introduced its first mock-informercial spot on the product several months ago, featuring ubiquitous TV pitchman Vince Shlomi (aka ShamWow), and after DJ Steve Porter uploaded a crazy remix onto YouTube, the company had the good wits to ignore copyright concerns and ride the publicity by bringing it to television.

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