from the copyright-gone-mad dept
Just start shaking your head now, because your level of disbelief should only increase as this post goes on. We recently wrote about how “General” Larry Platt, the latest YouTube viral sensation for his American Idol appearance with the song “Pants On The Ground” was lawyering up, as he felt that he wasn’t getting money he deserved from everyone talking about and “covering” his song. Of course, he failed to register the copyright, so his remedies were pretty limited. We suggested that he focus on actually releasing the song himself and looking to capitalize on it in other ways… and it looks like he’s doing just that. But even that is mired in claims of copyright infringement. And… then there’s an argument making the rounds that Platt himself “ripped off” the song that made him famous from someone else, but we’ll get to that at the end.
First, Rose M. Welch points us to the news that after recording an official version in the studio, Platt was angry to find out that his ex-manager was distributing the recording without Platt’s permission. The ex-manager says he doesn’t need Larry’s permission because “it’s ‘promotional’ and not for profit.” That’s an interesting interpretation of copyright law.
But, much more amusing is that at the bottom of that article, it supposedly links to the “official version” of the video, but if you click on it to play, it pops up a message saying: “This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by FD Entertainment LLC.” Wait, but I thought it was the “official” version. Yay for dueling copyright claims:
Oh, but that’s not all… You see, Rose also points us to the news that a group called The Green Brothers from Highland Michigan are claiming that Larry Platt ripped off their own song called “Back Pockets On The Floor,” which was recorded (and copyrighted) in 1996. You can see the video for that song here:
And compare it to the original “Pants On The Ground” performance on American Idol:
Stylistically, they’re equally ridiculously awful, and hit on similar themes… but there doesn’t seem to be any actual copyright infringement. But…. wow. There are two songs like that? Yikes.