Wondered if we had any experts on the laws relating to Parody? It always seems to be a very grey area - if you put new words to an existing song, are you breaking copyright law?
Artists such as Weird Al Yankovic & The Barron Knights do this, but last year there was a big row about the Jay Z/Alisha Keys spoof "Newport State Of Mind". EMI got it removed from YouTube after 2 million views. However, the song was later used for Comic Relief.
I believe this will be addressed as part of the changes to copyright law that are going through at the moment. Anyone know more about it?
My interest comes from writing parody songs myself. I don't want to fall foul of the law but it's a shame for them to just sit at home unused.