Mash-up: The Lion King/Crank Dat Soulja Boy

25 Sep

I don’t keep up with the New York Times the way I probably should . . . but my Dad does (thanks, Dad!), and he sent me a link to an article earlier this week, “Disney Tolerates a Rap Parody of Its Critters. But Why?” (subscription required for link).

Disney’s view is starkly different [from Nickelodeon’s]: any unauthorized use of Disney property is stealing. Still, the company picks its battles carefully. While it closely monitors the Web for infractions, Disney will not discuss how it evaluates potential cases of copyright infringement and declined to comment on the “Crank That” videos.

A few YouTube searches found me several versions of mash-up “Crank Dat” videos . . . the Lion King version was my favorite. Kudos, Inusha01!

2 Responses to “Mash-up: The Lion King/Crank Dat Soulja Boy”

  1. Matt September 26, 2007 at 9:25 am #

    I’ll say I’ve been lucky to avoid the Mouse’s wrath in terms of copyright infringement considering my web sites use names of attractions or parks in the URL (and name of the site). Also some blogs and other Disney sites use the word “Disney” with no repercussion. It is interesting that Disney had cracked down on it in the past with internet radio stations on Live365 and having any that had Disney in the name closed down.

  2. x November 6, 2007 at 5:46 pm #

    Maybe Disney is on it’s way to being kewl? I think Walt and the hundreds of artisans and imagineers would have wanted a “commonwealth” sharing of the legacy. It only stands to build the brand, promote sales, and build reputation. The organizations that understand fair use will be the ones that succeed.

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