12
Aug
09

Spinal Tap vs. The Lego Lawyers

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“We salute you, our half-inflated Dark Lord!” – Derek Smalls

Simpsons all-star, and American Hero, Harry Shearer is also, of course, a member of Spinal Tap.  They went on tour this summer and they were using footage from this YouTube video in their show:

Now Lego is balking at letting them use it on the DVD:

As final editing was being done on a concert DVD of the tour, which included footage from the video projected on stage, Lego declined to grant permission to use its figures, which are protected by copyright.
“We love that our fans are so passionate and so creative with our products,” said Julie Stern, a spokeswoman for Lego Systems, the United States division of the Lego Group, a Danish company founded in the 1930s. “But it had some inappropriate language, and the tone wasn’t appropriate for our target audience of kids 6 to 12.”

As final editing was being done on a concert DVD of the tour, which included footage from the video projected on stage, Lego declined to grant permission to use its figures, which are protected by copyright.

“We love that our fans are so passionate and so creative with our products,” said Julie Stern, a spokeswoman for Lego Systems, the United States division of the Lego Group, a Danish company founded in the 1930s. “But it had some inappropriate language, and the tone wasn’t appropriate for our target audience of kids 6 to 12.”

First, who waits until they’re 6 to play with Legos?  Second, Legos have been around for decades in more or less their current form.  Most of the people who’ve used them are adults and most of the people who buy them are adults.  It stopped being an exclusively kid franchise a long time ago and trying to protect it as one is stupid.  By the logic stated above, Lego is worried that parents, who very likely used Legos when they were kids, won’t buy Legos for their own kids because all the fun they had as a kid has been negated by someone’s YouTube video.  That is epic, slow-clap worthy, stupid right there.

It’s really too bad because the video is sweet and the the Derek Smalls Lego guy is awesome.  Also, the YouTube user account account is “BortMcClinenburg” and there are a couple of other Spinal Tap Lego videos there, including “Lick My Love Pump“.

“Are you linking to me?”

“No, my YouTube account is also named Bort.”



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