January 25, 2013

Glee Says "Up Yours" to Jonathan Coulton

Glee Says "Up Yours" to Jonathan Coulton
Glee went ahead and aired "their" version of Baby Got Back last night.  They've even made "their" single available for sale in iTunes.

According to Jonathan Coulton, "They (Fox) also got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they’re within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure."

The rub is there really isn't any exposure from Fox or Glee.  No credit or mention given.  The only exposure comes from blogs, tweets, and websites like mine.  If JC hadn't brought this to the attention of his fans, it probably would have gone unnoticed until today when fans of both Glee and Jonathan Coulton noticed the blatant rip-off.

JC has asked that his fans, "Thanks for your support, but please continue not to burn anything down. "  A few have been purchasing his original cover or Baby Got Back on iTunes.  It took me a while to find it for some reason and it gave me a laugh when I did because it has been re-titled, "Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee)".  I just hope that was his idea of a joke otherwise it isn't funny and I shouldn't be laughing.

The odds are extremely high that Glee actually stole not only his arrangement, but actually used his instrumental track to produce their version.  There isn't much that you or I can really do about that situation other than support Jonathan Coulton.......


We as a group of people...fans...consumers, don't have to sit back and watch while some ass-hats tromp on copyright, artistic license, and common decency.  We already know that Glee is in the wrong and their network Fox doesn't seem to care.  What about their advertisers?

I propose we start a media and email/letter-writing campaign to the sponsors of Glee.  You know the Golden Rule, right? If the show and the network don't care about the actual Golden Rule, then maybe they will pay attention to the financial Golden Rule, which is, "he who has the gold makes the rules".

Please take a moment or two to write a "nice" letter to the shows advertisers and let them know in no-uncertain terms, that you do not appreciate them sponsoring a television show that steals the artistic endeavors of others.  There is no reason to be mean about it....no reason to "burn anything down", just let them know you will not support their company unless they choose to un-affiliate with the production of Glee.

Here is a list of advertisers of the show and how you can reach them:

T-Mobile Supports Glee
T-Mobile Customer Relations
P.O. Box 37380
Albuquerque, NM 87176-7380

University of Phoenix Supports Glee
University of Phoenix
Central Administration
University of Phoenix
1625 W Fountainhead Parkway
Tempe, Arizona 85282-2371

For media relations or PR inquiries call (602) 254-0086

Unilever Supports Glee

1-800-298-5018 Monday-Friday 8:30 AM-6:00 PM Eastern Time

Lexus Supports Glee

P.O. Box 2991-Mail Drop L201
Torrance, CA 90509-2991

Toyota Supports Glee
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
19001 South Western Ave.
Dept. WC11
Torrance, CA 90501

Apple Supports, and Profits From, Glee

1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 996-1010
To submit a claim of alleged infringement for content available on the iTunes Store, visit http://www.apple.com/legal/itunes/itunesstorenotices/

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