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UPDATE: YAY! Seems Gaga Land is surrounded by a moat: a moat of managers who don’t forward info to the lady in the tower. Ms Gaga claims she never saw the parody because it never got past her manager! And she loves the parody!
Gaga’s manager has now admitted that he never forwarded my parody to Gaga – she had no idea at all. Even though we assumed that Gaga herself was the one making the decision (because, well, that’s what we were TOLD), he apparently made the decision completely on his own.
The album is back on. Yay!
Original article below. La GaGa has a sense of humor after all. Delighted to hear it!
Where I come from, parody is a protected free speech right. But in GaGa Land, not so much.
Weird Al has parodied celebrities like Michael Jackson. The King of Pop appeared to have a sense of humor.
As is his custom, Weird Al also asked permission of Ms Germanotta to use his parody of her song on an upcoming album. Proceeds for the song were to be donated to charity.
La Gaga said non.
My parodies have always fallen under what the courts call “fair use,” and this one was no different, legally allowing me to record and release it without permission. But it has always been my personal policy to get the consent of the original artist before including my parodies on any album, so of course I will respect Gaga’s wishes. However, given the circumstances, I have no problem with allowing people to hear it online, because I also have a personal policy not to completely waste my stinking time.
I love Weird Al, and think he’s dandy.
The new song has been brought to worldwide attention by the delicate sensibilities of a lady who wears meat, so thanks, Ms Germanotta!
And thanks, Al, for letting us enjoy it.
Since the song will not be released commercially, you may donate directly to the Human Rights Campaign website here.
Click here to return to my webcomic. Lady Gaga may drop in to pinch some of my costume designs. They’re about her speed.
Students journalists at the Southwest College Sun had their paper scuttled when administrators claimed their printing practices were in violation of school policy. The policy had not been enforced in fifteen years.
Journalism professor Max Banscomb claims Raj Chopra, president of Southwestern College, and other administrators targeted the paper for political reasons. The paper has been openly critical of school policy and administrator conduct.
Branscomb said students have had difficulty communicating with the administration and that it has been difficult to conduct interviews.
“Chopra hasn’t spoken to the newspaper for almost two years now,” he said. “Dr. Chopra has scolded me in the past very forcefully. He blames the Sun for a lot of the negative coverage the college is getting.”
Funding was pulled from the paper, and it was removed from the school website. Branscomb and three students were threatened with arrest for taking a laptop from the journalism department.
J Michael Straczynski to the rescue:
Southwestern College supporter J. Michael Straczynski , an Emmy Award-winning writer and a former Southwestern College and San Diego State University student, underwrote the first edition with about $3,500. Straczynski created the science fiction television series “Babylon 5.”
“The students decided they wanted to print this first paper without district money,” Branscomb said. “They want to make a statement that you can’t stop the students from printing the paper through intimidation. They pulled it off. I’m amazed.”
It is a shame that the college administration sat back as the Sun’s editorial board sought private funds to print.
We stand alongside our colleagues at Southwestern and will continue to support the progression of free speech in a society that may wish to censor an unbiased voice.
Image Comics annual anthology benefiting the CBLDF sports new name and covers
“I’m truly humbled by how much time and energy our line-up of talented contributors put aside to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund in contributing to LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010,” says CBLDF President and LIBERTY ANNUAL editor Larry Marder. “We changed the name of the book to reflect that once a year the greatest creators in the field bring their A-game to a project that helps the Fund reach new readers and raise much needed funds. No one got paid, but everyone stepped up to the plate and swung for the fences. The result is a highly collectible comic book that’s a great read for an important cause.”
CBLDF’s LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010 features an all-star line up, not least of whom are providing beautiful covers for the book. DAVE GIBBONS (Watchmen) has contributed an all-new Martha Washington cover, and DARICK ROBERTSON (The Boys) has provided a Conan cover. To increase the book’s visibility, the incentive cover now boasts all-new artwork from CHARLIE ADLARD, the artist behind THE WALKING DEAD, which will soon be a hit series on AMC!
The best in the industry contributed to CBLDF’s LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010, which includes a new The Boys story by GARTH ENNIS & ROB STEEN, the first new Megaton Man adventure by DON SIMPSON in over a decade, an all-new Milk & Cheese story by EVAN DORKIN, a new Conan tale by DARICK ROBERTSON, Boilerplate by ANINA BENNETT & PAUL GUINAN, and “The First Amendment: It’s Why We Fight!” by LIBERTY COMICS editor LARRY MARDER.
CBLDF’s LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010 will also feature all-new work from GEOFF JOHNS & SCOTT KOLINS, FRANK MILLER, GABRIEL BÁ & FÁBIO MOON, PAUL POPE, JEFF SMITH, TERRY MOORE, DAVE GIBBONS, GAIL SIMONE & AMANDA GOULD, SCOTT MORSE, BRIAN AZZARELLO & JILL THOMPSON, ROB LIEFELD, JG ROSHELL, COLLEEN DORAN, BEN McCOOL & BILLY TUCCI, and SKOTTIE YOUNG. Design for the entire package is contributed, as always, by Richard Starkings and John Roshell from Comicraft.
The CBLDF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance and education in furtherance of these goals. For more information on the Fund, visit www.cbldf.org
THE CBLDF PRESENTS LIBERTY ANNUAL 2010 (Gibbons cover: AUG100420; Robertson cover: AUG100421), a 48-page full-color comic book from Image Comics, will be available October 6, 2010. All proceeds from LIBERTY ANNUAL will benefit the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
Image Comics to release LIBERTY COMICS 2010 in October, benefiting the CBLDF
Berkeley, CA – 15 July 2010 – What do Frank Miller, Jeff Smith, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee and Image Comics have in common? They all support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which protects your right to make, sell and read the comics you love. Image Comics is showing its continued support for the CBLDF with the publication of LIBERTY COMICS 2010 this October.
The CBLDF is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance and education in furtherance of these goals.
LIBERTY COMICS is the annual ensemble of comic book greats, all of whom have donated their time and energy to support the CBLDF. With two issues published to date, LIBERTY COMICS has raised over $50,000 for the Fund.
LIBERTY COMICS 2010 will feature some of the best in the industry, including a new The Boys story by GARTH ENNIS & ROB STEEN, the first new Megaton Man adventure by DON SIMPSON in over a decade, an all-new Milk & Cheese story by EVAN DORKIN, a preview of The Contrarian by SCOTT MORSE, a new Conan tale by DARICK ROBERTSON, Boilerplate by ANINA BENNETT & PAUL GUINAN and “Why We Fight!” by LIBERTY COMICS editor LARRY MARDER.
LIBERTY COMICS will also feature all-new short stories and illustrations by GEOFF JOHNS & SCOTT KOLINS, FRANK MILLER, GABRIEL BÁ & FÁBIO MOON, PAUL POPE, JEFF SMITH, TERRY MOORE, DAVE GIBBONS, BRIAN AZZARELLO & JILL THOMPSON, ROB LIEFELD, COLLEEN DORAN and SKOTTIE YOUNG as well as all new covers by JIM LEE and DARICK ROBERTSON. Design for the entire package is contributed, as always, by Richard Starkings and John Roshell from Comicraft.
“The comics community would be at a great loss without the CBLDF around to protect our First Amendment rights,” says Marder. “LIBERTY COMICS is such a great way both creators and comics fans can show their support. Creators break into their busy schedules, donating their time and creativity. Fans can express their appreciation by purchasing LIBERTY COMICS from the CBLDF or from their favorite comics shop. I think this year’s LIBERTY COMICS will be the most diverse and cool issue yet!”
Adds Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson, “We’ve always been enthusiastic in our support for the CBLDF, but it’s both an honor and a pleasure to be involved with the many fine creators donating their talents to LIBERTY COMICS. Larry’s put together an outstanding book this year!”
LIBERTY COMICS 2010, a 48-page full-color comic book from Image Comics, will be available October 6, 2010. All proceeds from LIBERTY COMICS will benefit the First Amendment legal work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund!