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August 26, 2004
Jib-Jab Song Parody Given Green Light

Good news for fans of political satire -- one of the funniest and most clever political animations this year will be back on the Internet, thanks to a settlement between JibJab Media and the publishers of Woody Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land":

This song is my song, this song is your song. That's the agreement reached between the publishers of Woody Guthrie's classic "This Land is Your Land" and JibJab Media, creators of an animated Internet short that uses the tune in a comic sendup of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry's presidential campaigns.

With nary a jab thrown, Ludlow Music, the song's publisher, agreed in a settlement Tuesday to allow the cartoon one of the biggest Internet draws of the summer to keep using the song.

In return, JibJab dropped a lawsuit against Ludlow that sought an order saying its use of the song was protected because it was a parody and "This Land" was in the public domain.

JibJab agreed to donate 20% of all profit made from the cartoon to the Woody Guthrie Foundation, a classy settlement to a regretful spat that took one of the few unifying moments from this election out of the reach of a jaded electorate. I've watched this piece at least a half-dozen times and it keeps getting funnier every time I watch it. Make sure you get a look at it, and mention it to anyone with the ability to laugh at their own candidate as well as the other.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at August 26, 2004 12:00 PM

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