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Jonathan Coulton

  1. See Neil deGrasse Tyson Bowl in Chris Hardwick’s Instagram Video

    No big deal. Just bowling with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jimmy Fallon, Jonathan Coulton, and Questlove.

    Here's a preview of the next season of the Nerdist Channel's All Star Celebrity Bowling! In this shaky Instagram video, host Chris Hardwick shows Neil deGrasse Tyson bowling with Jimmy Fallon, Questlove, A.D. Miles, Jonathan Coulton, and a few more people we can't make out. Can't wait!

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  2. Things We Saw Today: The Princess Who Saved Herself

    Things We Saw Today

    If Jonathan Coulton and Greg Pak's Kickstarter gets $7k more dollars, they'll make a comic for kids based on Coulton's song "The Princess Who Saved Herself," which is about a princess who convinces all the monsters that threaten her to join her rock band, as a stretch goal. I'll just leave a link to it here. (MTV Geek, Youtube, Kickstarter)

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  3. John Hodgman Covers Glee’s Cover of Jonathan Coulton’s Cover of “Baby Got Back”

    You all listen to the Judge John Hodgman podcast, right? RIGHT? Good. In case you missed last week's episode, it featured one of the greatest moments in the show's history. The show is hosted by occasional Daily Show correspondent, professional PC, knower of all things, and eccentric millionaire John Hodgman with co-host "Bailiff" Jesse Thorn. Hodgman sang the cover of "Baby Got Back" featured in an episode of Glee that was stolen from Jonathan Coulton, who was in the audience. Hodgman and Coulton are friends, and unlike Glee, Hodgman at least gave Coulton implied credit.

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  4. These Are Your New Creative Commons Happy Birthday Songs

    It's very likely that ASCAP and Time Warner are the only people who don't think it's stupid that the song "Happy Birthday to You" is copyrighted, and they only think that because they manage to squeeze two million dollars a year out of licensing the song. To combat this, radio station WFMU and the Free Music Archive teamed up to hold a contest for a replacement to the popular tune that we can all sing at parties, sing in public, and even sing in film and television without paying royalties as long as the artists are credited. The results are in, and here are your new go-to birthday jams.

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  5. Things We Saw Today: Empire Magazine‘s Man of Steel Cover

    Things We Saw Today

    Please tell me I'm not the only one reminded of Rob Liefeld's bulbous-chested Captain America here. Just a little bit, for just a second. It's the angle! You can see two more pics—one of Jor-El, one of General Zod—at /Film.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Jonathan Coulton Sticking It To Glee

    Things We Saw Today

    The saga that is musician Jonathan Coulton vs. FOX/Glee continues (read up if you're not familiar). Coulton has released his original cover version on iTunes, Google, and Amazon under the name, “Baby Got Back (In the Style of Glee).” He's going split the proceeds between The VH1 Save the Music Foundation and The It Gets Better Project and even joked Glee should do the same. As of publishing this post, Coulton's song has surpassed all the other songs from that episode of Glee on the charts. (via Geekosystem)

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  7. Buy Jonathan Coulton’s Cover of Glee’s Cover of His Cover of “Baby Got Back” for Charity (It’s His Original Version)

    Here's a quick recap for those who haven't been following this story: Indie musician Jonathan Coulton recorded a cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" back in 2005. This year, the television program Glee also did a cover of "Baby Got Back," but they didn't cover Sir Mix-a-Lot -- they covered Coulton's version of the song without crediting him. Then they aired it. Then they started selling it on iTunes, all the while refusing to acknowledge that it was Coulton's version. Now, Coulton has put his version up for sale as well, but unlike Glee, he's donating all the proceeds to charity after giving Sir Mix-a-Lot his cut.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: How to Make a Lockpick Out of Your Underwire

    Things We Saw Today

    Step by step instructions on Instructables. (via LifeHacker)

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  9. Glee Thinks They Did JoCo a Favor by Ripping Off His “Baby Got Back” Cover

    Ah, Glee. Can you get any worse? The answer to that question, for those playing along at home, is an unequivocal "yes, though not much." It came to light last week that an episode called "Sadie Hawkins" would use a version of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" song. That version, unfortunately, turned out to be Jonathan Coulton's specific arrangement and even lyrics. Well, now it's aired and, yup, it's basically JoCo's version. Even worse, Glee apparently thinks they did the man a favor by using it.

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  10. Glee Says Coulton Should Be Happy for the Exposure They’re Giving Him by Not Mentioning Him At All

    No. No no no no no no no. no.

    Well, they aired it, seemingly unchanged. And it’s now for sale in the US iTunes store. They also got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they’re within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it’s my version – so you know, it’s kind of SECRET exposure). While they appear not to be legally obligated to do any of these things, they did not apologize, offer to credit me, or offer to pay me, and indicated that this was their general policy in regards to covers of covers. It does not appear that I have a copyright claim, but I’m still investigating the possibility (which I consider likely) that they used some or all of my audio. I’ll write something longer and more detailed about this when I can get my head together about it probably in a couple of days. Thanks for your support, but please continue not to burn anything down. -- Jonathan Coulton, in a recent update to his blog. Last night Glee returned after a holiday hiatus with the episode "Sadie Hawkins" and a soft-rock version of "Baby Got Back," that is unmistakably nerd-rocker Jonathan Coulton's soft-rock version of "Baby Got Back." The musician updated fans and readers of his blog this morning with this information on Fox and Glee's really absurd notion that "exposure" is his payment despite the fact that they have so far refused to publicly credit him with the arrangement. If Coulton hadn't already had a strong, connected fanbase, nobody might have noticed that he'd been ripped off.

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