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Friday, August 13, 2004

Check out the CNN article - why do the lawyers get to have all the fun?

...The flash animation movie swirling around the Internet with President George Bush and Senator John Kerry singing to the tune of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land."

Bush: "You're a liberal sissy!"
Kerry: "You're a right wing nut job!"
Both: "This land will surely vote for me!"

The bit is hilarious. Unless you are The Richmond Organization, a music publisher that owns the copyright to Guthrie's tune through its Ludlow Music unit.

"This puts a completely different spin on the song," said Kathryn Ostien, director of copyright licensing for the publisher. "The damage to the song is huge."

Visit to see what I mean. And yes it is funny. But by describing Bush as an idiot with no brain who likes to war monger, the song does more for Bush than Michael Moore could ever hope to damage him with those same words. Americans seem to like a President who is, like their popular culture, sports and approach to foreign policy, a no-brainer.

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