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SCO's Yesterday - a parody by Scott Lazar
Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 05:33 PM EDT

It's time for a song for SCO to sing, to cheer itself up. Scott Lazar has come up with one. Hopefully Yoko won't sue us, because you sing it to a tune that sounds a lot like Yesterday. Feel free to hum along in your minds. There is no law yet forbidding thought music, so far as I know. And who here doesn't want to cheer SCO up?

****************************

Yesterday

All our lawsuits seemed like such paydays
Now the rulings take them all away
Oh why cant it be yesterday?

Suddenly
We're not half the threat we claimed to be
Now a shadow's hanging over our IP.
And bankruptcy ... a certainty

Why, they
sued Novell, I don't know, said Judge K.
SCO claimed
something wrong, now they long for yesterday.
[Greek chorus: Now they have to pay!]

Yesterday
Litigation was an easy game to play,
Now we need a place to hide away,
IBM will come without a stay.

[Alternative suggestion from an anonymous comment:
Yesterday,
Final judgement seemed so far away,
We held it off with an automatic stay,
But now, it seems, we'll have to pay]

Why we
sued IBM, I don't know, we didn't say
We claimed
'something' wrong, now we long for yesterday
[Greek chorus: Now they'll have to pay!]

Yesterday
Suing was an easy game to play,
with no products we'll just fade away,
Oh, how we long for yesterday?

Mm-mm-mm-mm-mm-mm-mm.

[Nick_UK suggests the following alternative last section:
Yesterday
Suing was an easy game to play,
with no products we'll just fade away,
Oh, how we long for yesterday]


  


SCO's Yesterday - a parody by Scott Lazar | 112 comments | Create New Account
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Corrections here, please...
Authored by: jbeadle on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 05:53 PM EDT
Just in case there are any.

Thanks,
-jb

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Brilliant
Authored by: om1er on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 05:53 PM EDT
I got a big chuckle!

Thanks.

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August 10, 2007 - The FUD went thud.

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Off topic (O/T) here please...
Authored by: jbeadle on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 05:55 PM EDT
And make the links clickable if possible, and if so, please post in HTML mode.

Thanks,
-jb

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[NP] News Pick comments
Authored by: Aladdin Sane on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 05:56 PM EDT
Please comment on Groklaw News Picks here.

Thanks.

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Form follows function.

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HAIKU, anyone???
Authored by: jbeadle on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 05:58 PM EDT
Seems this article is prime for it...

Thanks,
-jb

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A parody by Scott Lazar -- some references
Authored by: Aladdin Sane on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 06:20 PM EDT

Thanks, Scott, I got a big laugh.

We generally know here at Groklaw that parody is covered as a means or method of Fair Use in the US. But I wanted to provide references and context, in case any were unfamiliar with the song being parodied.

"Yesterday" is a song written by Paul McCartney and performed by The Beatles published in 1965.

"Yesterday" is thought by some, including The Guiness Book of World Records, to be the most covered song in all of recorded history.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, "Yesterday" has the most cover versions of any song ever written.
Several accounts have McCartney originally singing to his breakfast as "Scrambled Eggs."
McCartney's original lyrics were, "Scrambled eggs, Oh, baby how I love your legs."

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Form follows function.

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SCO's Yesterday - a parody by Scott Lazar
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 06:38 PM EDT
Yesterday,
Final judgement seemed so far away,
We held it off with an automatic stay,
But now, it seems, we'll have to pay

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Groklaw's Got Talent!
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 07:47 PM EDT
If someone can compose a song to the tune of Nessun Dorma for SCO, that would be
awesome!

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Perhaps the last line should be...
Authored by: Nick_UK on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 08:08 PM EDT
Yesterday
Suing was an easy game to play,
with no products we'll just fade away,
Oh, how we long for yesterday?

Me-me-me-me-me-me-ummm.

Nick

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SCO's Yesterday - a parody by Scott Lazar
Authored by: comms-warrior on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 08:56 PM EDT
That fitted so well!

I did one a few years ago about SCO - To Sherberts "Howzat!"

Type into Google "Sherbert howzat" and you'll find the music. it was
an international success for them in the 70's...

Howzat is a term shouted out when you suspect you have somebody caught out in
cricket. Not a game you play much of in the US I know - but it's still a
cracking song.


My version of the SCO swan-song - SCO HOWZAT!?!?

You told me I was the one
The one that stole the code of one
And for a while people believed the line that you spun

But I've been looking at you
Looking closely at the things that you do
We didn't see it the way you wanted us to

How, how howzat
You messed about
I caught you out
Howzat
Now that I found where you're at
It's goodbye
Well howzat
It's goodbye

You only sued for the cash
You gamed the court in to believing trash
But they didn't believe it anyway dude.

(chorus)
How how howzat
You messed about
I caught you out
Howzat
Now that I found where you're at
It's goodbye
Well howzat
It's goodbye
Aha
O yeah, oh yeah

And I've been looking at you
(Livin' life in a fantasy)
Spending money so you can sue
(No you can't fool me)
We didn't see it the way you wanted me to (extend)

How how howzat
You messed about
I caught you out
Howzat
Now that I found where you're at
It's goodbye

Howzat
You messed about
I caught you out
Howzat
Now that I found where you're at
It's goodbye
Well howzat
Goodbye
Oh yeah, oh yeah

Doo-wah doo-wah doo-wah doo-wah
Doo-wah doo-wah doo-wah doo-wah

Aaaaaaaaaah

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SCO's Yesterday - a parody by Scott Lazar
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 09:06 PM EDT
Oh, wonderful.

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To be as pedantic and dense as I usually try to be...
Authored by: jplatt39 on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 09:08 PM EDT
Irving Berlin sued Mad Magazine during the fifties over a very similar
"use" of one of his songs. While I've never met Ms. Ono -- merely an
ex-husband of hers who's now dead -- my understanding is that circle was quite
familiar with the debacle Berlin was left with when the legal dust cleared, and
of course Mad Magazine was still doing this sort of thing a lot in the sixties.
















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Yoko
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, July 19 2008 @ 09:48 PM EDT

Yoko may not sue, but Paul may :-)

It was Paul who composed it, even though they always signed the credits together

Funny enough...

According to biographers of McCartney and The Beatles, McCartney composed the entire melody in a dream one night in his room at the Wimpole Street home of his then girlfriend Jane Asher and her family. Upon waking, he hurried to a piano, turned on a tape recorder, and played the tune to avoid letting it slip into the recesses of his mind.

McCartney's initial concern was that he had subconsciously plagiarised someone else's work (known as cryptomnesia). As he put it, "For about a month I went round to people in the music business and asked them whether they had ever heard it before. Eventually it became like handing something in to the police. I thought if no-one claimed it after a few weeks then I could have it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wik i/Yesterday_(song)

-- vruz (who forgot to sign in before posting)

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  • Yoko - Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 21 2008 @ 03:02 PM EDT
Thank you...
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 20 2008 @ 01:16 AM EDT
...for your suggestions. I ran Spybot (nothing reported), rebooted and
downloaded again, even looked at the registry. Finally, I looked (from DOS) at
the openoffice install directory; windoze did not list it. I cd'd to the
directory anyway, and the files were there. However; I deleted that directory,
and installed from the fresh download, renamed the new directory
(OpenOfficeInstallationFiles), and I am now the proud pilot of OpenOffice 2.4.1.
I can't explain it, but I appreciate your suggestions; THANK YOU! Groklaw is
really a community, and I'm glad to be a small part.

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More apropos songs for us
Authored by: tqft on Sunday, July 20 2008 @ 05:07 AM EDT
The Angels - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again
The chorus which the band doesn't sing is unpublishable on
Groklaw

The Beatles - Long And Winding Road

The Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want

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under employed in one job.

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SCO's Yesterday - a parody by Scott Lazar
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, July 20 2008 @ 09:12 AM EDT
why would yoko sue? She doesnt own it... Micheal Jackson owns all the beatles
song rights... He would be the one suing.nPlus you didnt perform the song.

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SCO's Yesterday - a parody by Scott Lazar
Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, July 22 2008 @ 08:56 PM EDT
A technical point from a copyright lawyer, this song, as amusing as it is,
probably is not parody, it is satire.

Parody is a derivative work that makes fun of the original work. Satire is a
derivative work that makes fun of a different target. If this song were to make
fun of (or claim to make fun of) the original song "Yesterday," it
would be parody. However, it actually makes fun of SCO, who of course have
nothing to do with the original song.

The difference between the two is important because parody is afforded greater
protection under the free speech/fair use analysis.

Compare to the Imagine song used in the intelligent design
"documentary." The defendants were careful to emphasize that they were
mocking and commenting upon the anti-religious theme in "Imagine"
because that is the core of parody. They could have also argued that they were
using the song to mock and comment upon the scientific establishment they claim
censors the intelligent design movement, but they didn't because that would have
been a satire argument and wouldn't have held much weight with the court.

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