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'Pants on the Ground'

The Seeds of Conflict

2/1/2010 2:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Good news for Gen. Larry Platt -- "Pants on the Ground" has finally been recorded in a studio. The bad news -- the General has no idea it's been released ... and a conflict is brewing.

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Larry's former manager Jason Mills -- who's releasing the song to radio stations -- tells us he doesn't need Larry's approval because Mills says it's "promotional" and not for profit ... at least for now.

idol auditionsMills says he now represents the producer, Carlos Thornton (aka Los Vegas) and Mills claims the producer has the right to release the tune, without the General's approval.

We're thinkin' .... the General might have issues with this.

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1.

Better Than You    

The Pants On The Ground viral sensation was slightly amusing... for about 5 minutes.

It's only been a few weeks, but its so over.

1634 days ago
2.

Mayu    

While this recording is pretty good... they are mistaken about whether or not they can use it without the writer's permission. if he can prove it is his creation, they need his permission, or they need to pay for rights to use the lyrics and general melody he used.

Even cover bands, while they don't need permission to cover a band, they legally need to pay royalties for use of the songs under the copyright law (and since it appeared on American Idol, there is a "technical copyright".

to say they don't need permission is like me saying I'm going to write Harry Potter and release it, without needing JK Rowling's permission.

1634 days ago
3.

michaelacarterallen    

...That's Colder Than A Polar Bears Arse Whole...

1634 days ago
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Vanessa Kaye    

Um some one needs to stop this fool. The general should have a problem. This song is hella tight lol. This should be a hit. WTF lol. Darn promotional its time to take to the next level. Something needs to happen, and THE GENERAL NEEDS to profit not any one else beause it was HIS ORIGINAL IDEA.

1634 days ago
5.

drew    

love this song . much beter then sunglasses on a dogs butt and then went on for a month . overnight success. go general larry . now its time to get paid

1634 days ago
6.

Jason    

What a terrible version.

Do they really have to bolster the melodic line with their generic minor-key harmonies, and make this sound like every other song out there?

The General's genius is much better appreciated pure and raw.

1634 days ago
7.

Craig    

You can buy this song at amazon!!!!
http://bit.ly/1n6qWC

1634 days ago
8.

Butterfly    

WHERE DO THE GREEN BROTHERS COME IN ON THIS? Aren't they the ones who wrote a similar "Pockets on the Ground?" I'm confused. I believe whoever wrote the "similar original" should claim their share of the prize. "Ground" and "Pockets" are too much alike to be ignored. It is only fair to claim recognition. Hope an attorney comes forward to help BOTH sides instead of anyone who wants to gain at their expense!

1634 days ago
9.

Bob    

One word... why? Why? Why! Why? good lord, why.....

1634 days ago
10.

Rather be an Athiest    

I agree with Jason (number six) this is a terrible arrangement. It was more dynamic and exciting A Capella. MAYBE, all it needed was a couple of real percussionists in the background accentuating the natural rhythm of the piece. They took a goofy art song and made it worse - an anemic rap.

1634 days ago
11.

Fibb    

C'mon people, The JOKES OVER...

1634 days ago
12.

John    

I still think this one is ALOT better, and done by some random guy on youtube. Has almost 500,000 views also!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeEGKKlszrQ

1634 days ago
13.

Dimitri    

that actually sounds sick

1634 days ago
14.

Victoria    

IN OTHER NEWS.......GAGA's nose job is an improvement

1634 days ago
15.

sav    

not to mention it's a direct rip-off of an old song called 'back pockets on the floor'... why can't people just write their own music anymore?

1634 days ago
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