Friday, September 01, 2017

Mickey: You think you've got the right but I think you've got it wrong

There is no mention of copyright in the yahoo news post about a lawsuit by Toni Basil:

Toni Basil, the one-hit wonder behind “Mickey,” filed suit in L.A. Superior Court on Thursday (Aug 31) alleging that the song has been used without her permission for decades.

According to the suit, Basil recently became aware that the song was used in an episode of “South Park,” in a Forever 21 ad, and on an episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” She was particularly offended that the Forever 21 campaign was in support of a line of Disney products, associating her song with Mickey Mouse.

“Basil was never consulted and would never consent to the use of her voice, persona, image, or name coupled with Disney products,” the suit states.

Since finding that her song was misused, Basil has become “withdrawn, despondent, and physically ill,” the suit alleges, and has experienced “sleep deprivation, nightmares, and anxiety.”


The Guardian points out:

Basil was 39 at the time of release (1982)

Mickey is already a cover version of “Kitty”, a 1979 song by a band called Racey from Weston-super-Mare.



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