On Wednesday, NewsBusters premiered a new video from our friends at Minnesotans for Global Warming called "Two Below Honey."
Those that watched it saw and heard a clever global warming parody sung to Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey."
The video has now been removed by YouTube with the following explanation:
This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by VAN MORRISON/EXILE PRODUCTIONS
A YouTube search of "Van Morrison" identified 5,090 results. Many of them were created by Exile, with clear reference to www.vanmorrison.com.
The covers that I've been able to find do indeed denote the following: "Copyright music and lyrics reproduced by kind permission of Exile."
As such, Exile and Morrison appear to have a firm hold on all his material...but parodies?
Elmer at M4GW is going to try to get Exile's permission to resubmit his video. Stay tuned.