Jay-Z shuts down Youtube parody
2010-08-11 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 81 Comments

A Welsh parody of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' single 'Empire State of Mind,' entitled 'Newport State of Mind,' has been removed from Youtube following a copyright claim by its authors.

The video was removed on Wednesday following a copyright claim from EMI Music Publishing (not to be confused with its sister company, the record label), which represents the interests of the seven songwriters who contributed to 'Empire State of Mind.'

Alex Warren and Terema Wainwright, the Welsh pair behind the parody, had approached Universal Music last week with a view to a single release, but were turned down. The original track's authors obviously failed to see the funny side of life in rural Wales.

'Newport State of Mind' had generated a commendable 2.6 million views since it was uploaded two weeks ago, even generating a response from Newport residents Goldie Lookin' Chain, who took issue with some of the factual statements in the parody.

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SoapySoap
August 11th 2010
865 Comments


Bawwwww

Psilocyanide
August 11th 2010
1823 Comments


Jay-Z being a fag? Who'da thought?

Obfuscation24
August 11th 2010
3939 Comments


+10 douchebag points for jay-z

Thor
August 11th 2010
10191 Comments


Jay-Z's got 99 problems and a YouTube parody is one

Obfuscation24
August 11th 2010
3939 Comments


thread winner^

Scoot
August 11th 2010
17749 Comments


Fuck with the Z and he'll diss you on his cd yo

MUNGOLOID
August 11th 2010
4292 Comments


the number one reason why youtube sucks.

Bulldog
August 11th 2010
3796 Comments


thread winner^


agreed. sad thing is thor can be really funny, but he's the epitome hit and miss. more often than not, its miss. =[

Scoot
August 11th 2010
17749 Comments


Somewhere, Nas is looking for parodies of his own to shut down.

AtavanHalen
August 11th 2010
17927 Comments


Goldie Lookin' Chain are still together?

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


Freedom of speech. Ever heard of it?

Thor
August 11th 2010
10191 Comments


Jay-Z has heard of freedom of speech but he has also heard of copyright infringement.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2010
31153 Comments


The track was actually awesome

Digging: Banks - Goddess

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2010
16137 Comments


If something is intended to be a parody, especially in the instance no money is being made off of it, there is no copyright infringement.

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


A parody of a song is hardly copyright infringement. He's just being a little bitch. In this case, hundreds of people could shut down Saturday Night Live.

Bulldog
August 11th 2010
3796 Comments


Jay-Z has heard of freedom of speech but he has also heard of copyright infringement


Zing!

You're on a roll, now aren't you, Thor?

Bulldog
August 11th 2010
3796 Comments


Eternium makes the better argument, though.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2010
31153 Comments


A parody of a song is hardly copyright infringement. He's just being a little bitch. In this case, hundreds of people could shut down Saturday Night Live.


How do you know SNL doesn't get permission from the artists to spoof them?

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


It isn't just artists. It's everything and everyone. SNL parodies everything from music to politicians to movies.

Thor
August 11th 2010
10191 Comments


You're on a roll, now aren't you, Thor?

never stopped being on a roll you just didn't notice apparently

Bulldog
August 11th 2010
3796 Comments


How do you know SNL doesn't get permission from the artists to spoof them?


Touche, but even if this is the case, I highly doubt every artist SNL has ever parodied has consented to being mocked in front of a
live audience and thousand upon thousands of at-home viewers.

731
August 11th 2010
662 Comments


politicians can't copyright themselves



Bulldog
August 11th 2010
3796 Comments


politicians can't copyright themselves


Exactly. Totally different thing.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2010
31153 Comments


It isn't just artists. It's everything and everyone. SNL parodies everything from music to politicians to movies.


Again, how do you know none of it has been cleared? Also, lyrics aside the music for this parody was the same as well. Without permission to sample, that's copyright infringement

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


Sampling is directly using the art product (song), which is different. I know that the copyright laws do stop a lot of parodies. I just morally disagree with that. The purpose of a copyright is to keep someone else from taking credit for what you did, not to stop someone from making fun of you via using your own song just because you got butthurt.

Bulldog
August 11th 2010
3796 Comments


I'm pretty sure Jay-Z didn't try to sue every rapper that freestyled over "D.O.A." on their mixtape. Also, they aren't trying to sell it or anything, so how it's negatively affecting Hova is beyond me. He's just being a douchebag.

AngelofDeath
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2010
16137 Comments


You heard that Star Wars parody of the same song? I think it's called Galactic Empire State of Mind. Way better.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2010
31153 Comments


Sampling is directly using the art product (song), which is different. I know that the copyright laws do stop a lot of parodies. I just morally disagree with that. The purpose of a copyright is to keep someone else from taking credit for what you did, not to stop someone from making fun of you via using your own song just because you got butthurt.


No, its ripping off someone else's song to gain attention for yourself. Hova's reaction makes perfect sense

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


Attention =/ money or credit for the song

I think if you state somewhere where you got the samples or original song, then it's legal to use.
It's all about who gets credit (and royalties).

Bulldog
August 11th 2010
3796 Comments


It makes sense because he's a douche.

Psilocyanide
August 11th 2010
1823 Comments


His reaction doesn't make perfect sense. He's just being a butt hurt little douche about it.

elephantREVOLUTION
August 11th 2010
2744 Comments


one of the local radio shows here in cleveland made a "parma state of mind" video. hope that doesn't get taken down.

Knott-
Emeritus
August 11th 2010
10195 Comments


Parody was pretty funny too.

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2010
18450 Comments


As long as credit is given to the original composer, why the fuck should you care? If anything, a parody would bring MORE people to your original song.

He's just being a butt hurt little douche about it. [2]

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MUNGOLOID
August 11th 2010
4292 Comments


"I'm pretty sure Jay-Z didn't try to sue every rapper that freestyled over "D.O.A." on their mixtape. Also, they aren't trying to sell it or anything, so how it's negatively affecting Hova is beyond me. He's just being a douchebag."

Shit I mean Lil Wayne uses Jay's beats all the time but you don't see him getting sued for it.

Enotron
August 11th 2010
7695 Comments


it's just another case of copyright limiting the flow of ideas.

and that is all i got to say...about that

somberlain
August 11th 2010
2121 Comments


Jay-Z has heard of freedom of speech but he has also heard of copyright infringement.

exactly
btw " seven songwriters who contributed to the track" so if one person wasn't cool with it, this was getting shut down regardless of what Jay-Z thought


Enotron
August 11th 2010
7695 Comments


and meanwhile jay-z will go back to sampling other people's songs for his own productions.

Bulldog
August 11th 2010
3796 Comments


Eno and somb both make good points

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2010
31153 Comments



Attention =/ money or credit for the song

Who's disputing otherwise
His reaction doesn't make perfect sense. He's just being a butt hurt little douche about it.

When you write a song it becomes your property. Having that property stolen (sampling without approval) is theft. How is it not perfect sense?



eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


Now I'm wondering if the video said "originally by Jay-Z" or something of the sort. If it did, then there is no copyright infringement.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2010
31153 Comments


Not the one I saw

and meanwhile jay-z will go back to sampling other people's songs for his own productions.

I don't hear anyone bringing up cases against him. Oh wait, maybe he asked first

Enotron
August 11th 2010
7695 Comments


I doubt he actually felt "stolen" from. dude was probably just pissed somebody was making fun of his song.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2010
31153 Comments


It wasn't making fun of his song

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


If it didn't, then it's fine to take down. That doesn't make Jay-Z any less of a douche though. Credit should be given where it is due nonetheless.

Enotron
August 11th 2010
7695 Comments


as much as it diverges from copyright laws, it's still my opinion that when one releases something into the public, people should be allowed to parody it, fuck it up, manipulate it to any extent. fuck, i mean imagine if girl talk were to pay every single copyright fee for every artist he sampled.

Enotron
August 11th 2010
7695 Comments


and dev, i don't appreciate your sassy side

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


Or DJ Shadow.. lol.

somberlain
August 11th 2010
2121 Comments


I don't hear anyone bringing up cases against him. Oh wait, maybe he asked first

sampling=/=stealing if you clear the samples first
so yes Jay-Z will keep sampling other people's stuff

Enotron
August 11th 2010
7695 Comments


all the people dj shadow sampled on endtroducing probably forgot they ever made music

somberlain
August 11th 2010
2121 Comments


it's still my opinion that when one releases something into the public, people should be allowed to parody it, fuck it up, manipulate it to any extent

and it is my opinion that I should be allowed to rape any chick that I find mildly attractive, unfortunately actual LAWS carry more weight than my opinion

Enotron
August 11th 2010
7695 Comments


way to complete leave out the part where I said "as much as it diverges from copyright laws". i'm allowed to disagree with a law.

Enotron
August 11th 2010
7695 Comments


*completely

somberlain
August 11th 2010
2121 Comments


way to complete leave out the part where I said "as much as it diverges from copyright laws"

but where's the fun in that Eno?

Enotron
August 11th 2010
7695 Comments


elvis would've been fucked

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


I'm pretty sure that rape harms the chick while someone parodying a song does not hurt the artist physically or financially. Again, people should be allowed to do whatever they wish as long as they give credit to the creator(s).

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


It wasn't originally by Jay-Z - it contained an interpolations of a work originally by Jay-Z.


That's what I meant, just wasn't sure how to say it.

somberlain
August 11th 2010
2121 Comments


people should be allowed to do whatever they wish as long as they give credit to the creator(s).

credit isn't enough for most people, they want money too

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
August 11th 2010
31153 Comments


and dev, i don't appreciate your sassy side

Sorry babe

RosaParks
August 11th 2010
14900 Comments


Doesn't Jay Z belong to some secret society that secretly controls the world and worships satan?

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


Doesn't Jay Z belong to some secret society that secretly controls the world and worships satan?


Because of the fact that he owns a huge label and is very involved with his major label, I would say yes.

bloc
August 11th 2010
34848 Comments


Is he still with Def Jam, or is it Rockafella?

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RosaParks
August 11th 2010
14900 Comments


I meant this stuff:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uheToopib_M
lol

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


"He is the former CEO of Def Jam Recordings, one of the three founders of Roc-A-Fella Records, and the founder of Roc Nation" - Wikipedia

I'm pretty sure that he is VERY involved in all three.

bloc
August 11th 2010
34848 Comments


Wow, he really does have 99 problems.

somberlain
August 11th 2010
2121 Comments


Wow, he really does have 99 problems.

but a bitch ain't one

eternium
August 11th 2010
16338 Comments


Mother fucker is banging Beyonce.

bloc
August 11th 2010
34848 Comments


So if a bitch ain't one, I am thinking 99 problems are equally divided among the three record labels. Thus, 33 problems each.

ninjuice
August 11th 2010
6760 Comments


I'm not finding any actual statements from Hova. It's the record company, guys.

Fugue
August 11th 2010
7353 Comments


This is pretty stupid, parody was ace though.

ninjuice
August 12th 2010
6760 Comments


I actually went out of my way to point out that it's not the record company.

The comments say it needs to reiterated.

Titan50
August 12th 2010
4588 Comments


Why am I the first person to mention that the actual song is called "EMPIRE State Of Mind", not "New York State Of Mind"

Spotter
August 12th 2010
49 Comments


Why don't they take away Weird Al Yankovic parody songs that makes fun of rap songs off of youtube while they are at it.
What Jay-Z did was really immature and needs to ignore parody songs, just like every other artist need to do.

SCREAM!
August 12th 2010
10076 Comments


Cause Weird Al actually gets permission from the artist to do it, this has been brought up about 1000 times in the comments now (not specifically for weird al). I remember a while back there was some fuss cause weird al couldnt make an eminem parody due to em not giving him permission (or something like that)

Anyway, eternium makes the most sense t ome here. If they were gonna make money off of it then id agree theyd have to work out royalties with the company but if its just a free parody that gives credit where it is deserved then no harm no foul imo

Society Sellout
August 12th 2010
292 Comments


Ugg... this makes me sad because it was successful. That means artists will be a little more hesitant to produce parodies/satires or other commentary on art. This creeps a little further up on freedom of speech and gives the big corporations more confidence to attempt to shut down the indie guys who are just doing their thing.

This simply makes me hate Jay z further (I mean, could you be a bigger douchebag? I really don't think so).

HugCrewLoveRoll
August 12th 2010
612 Comments


"seven songwriters"

what?

crowing51
August 12th 2010
3453 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyoDUoH7BZc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dx8CZyFM4b4

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Emim
August 12th 2010
26621 Comments


Copyright infringement is all about ownership and dissemination.

eternium
August 12th 2010
16338 Comments


Weird Al only asks permission because he chooses to, out of respect.

Ewednesday
August 13th 2010
120 Comments


Parody is fair use under copyright Law, Jay-Z doesn't have to give them permission to use it, he's just being a bitch, probably worried it will get more popular than the actual song....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

El_Goodo
August 16th 2010
1008 Comments


I'm more concerned that it took SEVEN SONGWRITERS to write that song. Good god there is nothing complex about the song at all, not going to lie it's not a bad song it's catchy as hell, but 7 people? Wouldn't it be easier (and more cost efficient) to invest in people who can write their own songs.



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