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Germans Accused of Exploiting 'Madagascar'

9/24/2009 1:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The Challenge: Try to get through this post without getting the song "I Like to Move It" stuck in your head ... we dare you.

Germans Accused of Exploiting 'Madagascar'
The Story: The horribly catchy "Move It" song is at the center of a pretty nasty legal battle involving some Americans ... some Germans ... and part of Madagascar.

The US-based record company who owns the rights to the 1993 hit claims some German musicians made a cover version of the song without proper permission back in 2005 -- right after the original song was featured in the 2005 movie "Madagascar."

In the lawsuit, filed in federal court in NY, the Americans claim ze Germans tried to capitalize on the song's recaptured fame by selling the unlicensed cover here in the good ole US of A.

Now, the Americans are suing for damages and demanding ze Germans "destroy all copies of the Infringing Records."

The Conclusion: We're done. Now go listen to the song.

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Simone    

F

1858 days ago
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Simone    

First!!!!!!!!!

1858 days ago
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Chomp    

This is a really interesting article but it would really be helpful if you could provide more facts like: (1) the name of the record company/plaintiff; (2) the alleged infringing artist(s) and their label and; (3) what the current state of law regarding compulsory licenses for cover versions. You make it seem like it's illegal to cover someone else's song which I don't believe is entirely true.

1858 days ago
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Linda Mott    

If you remember, Mickey Mouse was used to spread anti American/anti Israeli propaganda on radical tv.

1858 days ago
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Chomp    

Walt Disney was a legendary anti-semite so, logically, Mickey Mouse would be as well.

1858 days ago
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Joerg Buschka    

I´m sick of reading "ze Germans". Most of us pronounce the "th" perfectly. Getting bored of that old stuff.

1858 days ago
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joesamaggot    

watched the video, so funny, first smile of the day, thanks tmz

1858 days ago
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janalal4    

YEEEEEE! First time I'd heard that in awhile. Thanks for that TMZ. That song makes me SMILE & got me to "MOVE IT" this AM. Luving those cute li'l penguins!

1858 days ago
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me    

Move it was already a cover..it was a lame hit in the 90's.

1858 days ago
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arte help    

Hey Kooky and Balls, get a room!!!

1858 days ago
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Chuckio    

Imagine having a 3 year old daughter singing that song around your house for 3 months straight. Yes that was my private hell :)

1858 days ago
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KRAZY KOOKY KLOWN    

balls

1858 days ago

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