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'Glee' bosses accused of plagiarising singer's 'Baby Got Back' cover

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Singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton has accused Glee of ripping off his cover of 'Baby Got Back'.

A cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's hit 1992 rap single appears in the episode 'Sadie Hawkins', which aired on Thursday (January 24) in the US.



When the track was revealed on the Glee wiki last week, Coulton, who has a significant internet following and is renowned for his songs in the Valve Portal game series, tweeted: "Hey look, @GLEEonFOX ripped off my cover of Baby Got Back...Never even contacted me. Classy."

The track was subsequently aired on the episode, and has now been put up for sale on iTunes.

Coulson wrote on his blog: "It's a cover of a Sir Mix-a-Lot song obviously, but I wrote a new melody for it, which this recording uses."



"A complicating factor is that, to my ears, it sounds like it actually uses the audio from my recording - not the vocals obviously, but the instruments sound EXTREMELY similar."

He later updated his blog to report what he had been told by Glee bosses: "They 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 apologise, 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."

Listen to a side-by side comparison of the tracks below:

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