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Friday, January 18th, 2013

Did 'Glee' Plagiarize Jonathan Coulton's Cover of "Baby Got Back?"

Here's a cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" from the Fox show Glee, set to air on next week's episode. Jonathan Coulton recorded a cover of the song with the same arrangement and melody back in 2005 and took to Twitter today to shed some light on the alleged plagiarism. Coulton says he was never contacted by the Glee folks about using his arrangement, and it's pretty obvious that they're ripping him off because the Glee version includes the line "Johnny C's in trouble," which is only in his version because it's his name. Hit the jump for Coulton's original track so you can decide for yourself:

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  • http://twitter.com/robexists Rob Moden

    To answer the headline: yes.

    • Marie

      Yep, I synced them up without much trouble.

  • Jeff

    Coulton changed the lyrics from "Mix a lot's in trouble" to "Johnny C's in trouble" and the Glee version says "Johnny C"!!!!

    • Jeff

      which i see you wrote

  • http://www.philschwarzmann.com/ Phil Schwarzmann

    I didn't know Jay Mohr was writing for Glee??

  • AnyNewsIsGood

    As much as we want to say "eff Glee," this is a great PR move on their part. This is a dieing show and now we're all of a sudden talking about it. Heck I might even tune in to see how bad this rip off was (ADD $$$'s)

    • Derec

      Heck I might even tune in to see how bad this rip off was (ADD $$$'s)

      Good thought by the way …
      plagiarism detector

  • http://profiles.google.com/jessethorn Jesse Thorn

    The real bummer part of it is that Jonathan's arrangement includes a full melody which he wrote for the song.