Well I didn’t hear from Johnathon Coulton (JoCo) but I did hear from one of his minions, who said, “Hi Kat — Joco’s disfigured henchman, Scarface, here. Thanks for your message. All of Jonathan’s music is under creative Commons licensing, so as long as you’re not making money you can use his music in your art most any way you like. HOWEVER — the only songs excluded from this are the two portal songs, as those are owned by the video game company that commissioned them. If you want to be totally sure of your usage, you can email (message reducted by this poster), who might be able to help you more with this one. Best wishes — Scarface”
Even though I’ve already determined what I’m doing is covered by the law, I shall make contact to this portal contact and see what happens.by Spearcarrier
Well, I haven’t heard back from Coulton – which doesn’t surprise me. He’s a pretty popular guy and his inboxes are probably filled with love letters, marriage proposals, and screaming fan orgasms. I had once sent him an email myself thanking him for putting out French and never got a reply – not that I expected any but I have to admit other popular people I’ve contacted at least said “thanks”.
Anyway, it’s not even been 24 hours since I sent my message.
However. However, but, well there is this: The fact remains that he posted on his Facebook this morning in order to promote his current Kickstarter campaign. So the fact is that he did indeed sign into Facebook since the time I sent my message. And the fact is that he has not replied. Maybe he didn’t see my message past all of the others he probably has. Who knows. The fact remains that the signs point to “yeah, fat chance honey.” =^-^=
So I’ll research the parody laws to make sure I’m within “not trying to insult you” rights for a bit and just use my tambourine. Moments like these I want to go back in time and bitch slap my mother for not letting me join band in Jr. High. Or bitch slap the bill collectors for not letting me have the time to learn music late in life. =^-^= Or something. I’m not sure how this song will turn out, if it does at all.
While doing research on public domain melodies last night I came across a fun ditty called “Jeff in Petticoats” from the American Civil War era. Now I know most folks want to slit their wrists to popular Irish ballads and being a member of the SCA means I’m somehow expected to concentrate on songs from an earlier period in time but this little ditty seems like it will be fun to do. That’s one advantage to the SCA bard clique never letting me join: I’m not tied down. I’m like Dr. Who. I go whenever I want to. BWAHAHAHAAA
But I need to spend some time reminding myself of the parody laws first.
EDIT: So far according to the Fair Use Exception, Section 107, I’m okay. According to what I’ve found if Coulton got mad at me for this, a court would take four things into account:
1. Is the work “transformative”? Does it add something new to the song? Well, I’ll be adding a tambourine and a whole new set of lyrics; the new lyrics is something parody artists do the world over. Weird “Al” Yankovich being one of the most famous.
2. What is the nature of the parody It’s a creative expression on how the original sentiment from Coulton’s “I Want You Gone” fits the moment I’m referencing from Ever After. It’s not particularly funny, although most parodies are.
3. What is the amount of copyrighted song found in the parody? Not much aside from the tune and a bit of the sentiment flow. With War’s original lyrics, most of the song had remained but I fixed that. You’re not making a parody unless you’re actually making a parody. =^-^= We did, however, keep one of the lines intact at the end on purpose being as we’re, you know, making a parody of the song and it fit that way.
4. What effects does this parody have on the market value of the original song? Well, the truth is that unless you give the “Glee” FOX kind of credit (which would be secretive and you’re lucky to figure it out), parodies are great PR for the original songs. There are a lot of songs, and artists, I have found because of a parody. However in this case? HA HA HAHA – no one even knows I do this so I doubt anything I do will have a serious impact one way or the other. However I still intend to give credit where credit is due.
So that leaves me with: would Coulton mind? I don’t have the answer to that. And a lot of people out there would just do the song without asking. I may just do the song. But through my research I have found he actually gives a big damn about his copyright – letting you and me have free songs is just part of his business model. And it’s a good one. But that still doesn’t answer my question.
Currently I’m leaning towards doing it and hoping he doesn’t hate me.by Spearcarrier
Let’s talk a moment about the filk my friend wrote for me. I think I’m ready to record. The lyrics are… well they’re not 100% how I like ‘em but they probably never will be that. =^-^= I had to take my friend’s lyrics and make them fit the song. Her lyrics had great points but too many syllables.
In case you forgotten, the tune is from Johnathon Coulton’s “Want You Gone” from video game fame Portal 2. The filk is referencing Kim Harrison’s Ever After, a book I really should read if I can find the time. And this is where the fact I don’t play an instrument comes in, because obviously this means I can’t make my own musical arrangement. Well, if I wanted it to be straight tambourine I guess that would work but it doesn’t really.
The only voiceless musical arrangement I can find is by Coulton himself, so I found him on Facebook and shot him a message today. One should do that anyway, so okay dokay fine.
Hopefully he’ll get back to me on it. In the meantime I may take a look on triberr and see if I can find a guitar player willing to play it for me so that I can step a bit away from Coulton’s music – I love his arrangement piece. I think using it is slightly disrespectful.
And hopefully he’ll say yes.by Spearcarrier
A reader contacted me in private over one of my older posts, the Amazing Grace one. (And now I have found out I can’t hit “older posts” on my blog. I need that fixed. But I don’t wanna lose my theme. I wish someone could help!!!!)
Now I had never heard of Lean Rimes until tonight – but what the reader had to say was important enough for me to take a good look at her. Pretty young lady. Sounds eerily like Patsy Cline. And there’s apparently a huge debate on the internet if the following song is by Patsy or Lean.
When I first found the song, it sounded a *lot* like one of the songs my Grandmother used to play from her old Patsy Cline albums – this happened back in the days when Rimes would have been in or just getting out of diapers. So I find this, my memory makes an attchment, and I thought some of the way the voice goes high and slightly scratchy like mine would have been because Patsy recorded this at a young age or something. Well, no. It’s just not Patsy is all – but I understand why folks would be fooled. Here’s Rimes again:
By contrast here is one of my favorite songs being performed by Patsy “live”:
And look at that gorgeous corset!!!! I want that dress. LOL
But anyway, Patsy’s voice – although very similar – doesn’t quite do the scratchy highs. She does do the country “twang” on occasion but certainly doesn’t play excessively notes the way Rimes likes to do. At least, not in this rendition.
And if you close your eyes you can tell the difference between the two ladies.
So I stand corrected, and it’s a good thing. Credit should go where credit is due.by Spearcarrier
Today is my daughter’s 18th birthday, and I haven’t really had time to think about filking because of it. Happy birthday to her, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to the rest of you. After we have fattening cake, a little bit of ice cream and then hopefully take a walk to work some of it off, my life will calm back down a bit and I can return to playing once in a while. We hope.
A friend of mine, War from my Apocalypse Writers team, is a big time reader, and there’s a book series she’s been talking to me about. I can’t remember the name of the series, being as I don’t read it myself, but I do remember that she ended up getting inspired to filk about it. The song she chose to filk to is I Want You Gone by Johnathon Coulton, who puts his songs up for free download and keeps them open for a variety of uses. Not that filking another song wouldn’t still be protected under U.S. parody acts as well as certain Fair Usages… but I was happy she’s picked Coulton’s song. I prefer to do things with and for people who have a more open mind to copyright and the play of marketing by word on the street.
We filk his song and people hear about his song. And he might get more people listening to him. And we don’t get greedily sued for having a little harmless fun. It’s perfect.
War has already sent me several versions of the lyrics. On the next day I’ve set aside to play I’ll be taking a look at them. More on that later.by Spearcarrier
Well, I got my daughter’s friend to play Cathy and we all trooped to the local army training ground to record a video. It would have been nice to have a Heathcliff and extra footage so I wouldn’t have had to show myself so much in the video. And I couldn’t take the lip syncing seriously; I felt so silly. LOL. But now you can see how fat I am at any rate.
Well,I’m not sure I’ll make a video with this. There’s only one part in the file I like and it’s all of 2 seconds long. LOL. But here you go.
Maybe I’ll make a video simply because I haven’t gotten to do one in a long while.by Spearcarrier
Well, the music is courtesy of Doxent Zsigmond, whose Youtube page is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/doxent
They did a bang up job taking that high pitch melody and turning it into something for normal people. And I had a lot of fun playing with it. But came out of it hating my voice more. LOL!
The audio clips I made would come out great, to a point. Not sweet the way I can’t sing, but not flat. And then I’d put them with the music and suddenly they’d sound tired. Or flat. Or trying to hard. Or you name it. After a couple of days not sleeping when I should be (like right now) I have finally decided… screw it! Thank goodness I don’t try to make a living at this stuff!!!
So here’s the first draft of my version of Wuthering Heights. Doxent may mix their own version. I’m eager to see what they knew how to do that I didn’t – although as horrible as my voice came out I wouldn’t be surprised it they don’t. =^-^=
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