Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Iron Maiden Can Teach Us a Lot About Infringing the Copyright of Iron Maiden Songs

'Cause you know that you've heard it before...
-Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden has always been respectful of the intellectual property of others. For example, back in the early '80s, the crew recorded a song based on Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic "Dune". They sought permission from Herbert to title this song "Dune". Herbert reportedly denied them that permission on the basis that he hated heavy metal. So instead, the boys titled the song "To Tame a Land".

Then there are other "artists" who aren't so classy.

Take has-been diva and all-around annoying know-nothing Barbra Streisand. She has just released a new single that is a blatant rip-off of one of Iron Maiden's classic tunes.

But don't take my word for it. Compare for yourself:

Babs' new simple-minded exploitation tune released in 2005:

Stranger in a Strange Land

Iron Maiden's erudite retelling of an arctic exploration that ended in tragedy, released in 1986:

Stranger in a Strange Land

To recap:

Maiden in 1986: Stranger in a Strange Land

Babs in 2005: Stranger in a Strange Land

Normally, I am very critical of our over-litigious society. Therefore I think that fact lends some weight to what I'm about to say:

MEMO TO BRUCE, STEVE ET AL.: SUE HER! SUE THE MOONBAT! TAKE HER DOWN! SUE THE PISS OUT OF HER! MAKE HER POOR! TAKE HER OH-SO-ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY HOUSE! THEN WHEN YOU'RE DONE, HAVE NICKO EAT HER!

Besides, it appears that the boys need an outlet to vent their anger. I can think of no better method to do so than to take down a pompous windbag like Streisand.

(Kool Aid toast to charter IMOB member Dave)

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