Weird Al Yankovic requested to include his parody, “Perform This Way,” of Lady Gaga‘s “Born This Way” single, on his new album, but the singer turned him down. Now, he’s speaking out on Lady Gaga’s refusal on his blog.
According to The New York Times, parodies of songs are legal under fair-use interpretations of copyright law and Weird Al would not be required to get permission. However, as a personal policy, Weird Al likes to get “the consent of the original artist before including my parodies on any album.”
But he could not get the consent of Lady Gaga, even though he wanted to donate all the proceeds to a charity that advocates the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
“Based on my concept, I was reasonably sure that my parody wasn’t really going to offend anybody, but I still decided, as an act of good karma, that I would donate all the money from sales of the song and music video to the Human Rights Campaign,” Weird Al wrote in a long post regarding Lady Gaga’s refusal of his song on his blog.
After asking for permission from Lady Gaga’s management team and sending the completed track to be reviewed, Weird Al was shot down.
“A conventional release for the song and video would have also raised a nice chunk of change for the HRC — an organization which I have to assume Gaga supports,” he writes of his disappointment. “Hopefully, if fans enjoy hearing the song online, they’ll make a donation anyway.”
What do you think of the song?
Listen to Weird Al’s parody below!