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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 14 January 2005 02:18 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Has anyone else been following this story. Lawyers for Rosa Parks, now 91 and allegedly suffering from dementia, are suing over the unauthorized use of her name. Here's the latest

Judge Orders Release of Rosa Parks's Mental Health Records in Fight Over Song

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Medical records about the mental health of Rosa Parks, whose actions helped start the civil rights movement, will be made public, a federal judge in Detroit ruled yesterday.

The judge, George C. Steeh of Federal District Court, ordered the release of some of Ms. Parks's records in response to a request by The Detroit Free Press in connection with a legal fight between Ms. Parks's representatives and record companies and music distributors. Ms. Parks, 91, suffers from dementia, her doctor has said in court documents.

The records could be released as early as the end of the week, said Dennis Archer, a former mayor of Detroit whom Judge Steeh appointed as Ms. Parks's guardian. Mr. Archer, who argued that the records should be kept private, said it was a shame that a person of Ms. Parks's stature had to make records public.

"You will in effect be hurting someone who has done so much for Americans and for persons of color," Mr. Archer, a former State Supreme Court justice, said. "It's private. It doesn't serve anybody any good."

A lawyer for The Free Press argued that the documents, which had been submitted to the court under a protective order, might show whether Ms. Parks had approved the suits filed on her behalf against members of the music industry in connection with a song that used her name in its title.

Family members have questioned whether Ms. Parks's caretakers and a lawyer who filed a suit on her behalf in 1999 against OutKast, a hip-hop group, and BMG, the record company, acted with her approval.



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April
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posted 14 January 2005 02:34 AM      Profile for April     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can't access the link. The story does sound fascinating, though.
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kuri
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posted 14 January 2005 04:59 AM      Profile for kuri   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The article doesn't say what song it was or how they used her name... so it's hard to form much of an opinion about the case itself. She is a public and historical figure, though, so it may be fair use to sing about her in a song. I'd have to know the context of the song before deciding if it's exploitation or not though.

(username "babblers8", password "audrarules" got me to the article, April.)


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Von Mises Pieces
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posted 14 January 2005 06:05 PM      Profile for Von Mises Pieces     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by dokidoki:
The article doesn't say what song it was or how they used her name...

Oddly enough, her name is only the song's title, and isn't mentioned at all in the lyrics.

Here's the first verse, to give you a taste:

Many a day has passed, the night has gone by
But still I find the time to put that bump off in your eye
Total chaos, for these playas, thought we was absent
We takin another route to represent the Dungeon Family
Like Great Day, me and my nigga decide to take the back way
We stabbing every city then we headed to that bat cave
A-T-L, Georgia, what we do for ya
Bull doggin hoes like them Georgetown Hoyas
Boy you sounding silly, thank my Brougham aint sittin pretty
Doing doughnuts round you suckas like then circles around titties
Damn we the committee gone burn it down
But us gone bust you in the mouth with the chorus now

I don't have the foggiest what Big Boi is talking about, or why Parks's lawyer finds the song offensive. Scurrilous lawsuit, methinks. Wants some of that Outkast moolah.

If you google "rosa parks outkast lyrics" you'll find 'em no problem.


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audra trower williams
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posted 14 January 2005 09:09 PM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think she should sue Primal Scream instead, for their song with the chorus that goes something like "although she is gone, her spirit lives on" or something. She's not dead!
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maestro
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posted 14 January 2005 11:14 PM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
I don't have the foggiest what Big Boi is talking about, or why Parks's lawyer finds the song offensive.

Hey, I wouldn't want my name associated with that drivel either.


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candle
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posted 15 January 2005 11:26 PM      Profile for candle     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Rosa Parks (or that of the caretakers) is not with the verses but the chorus:

"Ah-ha, hush that fuss.
Everybody move to the back of the bus."

which is clearly a reference to the 1955 incident that made Ms. Parks a hero of the civil rights movement.


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posted 16 January 2005 08:30 AM      Profile for aRoused     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When you are lost in London
And you don't know where you are
You'll hear my voice a-calling
'Move further down the car!'
And very soon you'll find yourself
Inside the terminus,
In a London Transport diesel-engined 97-horsepower omnibus.

(Hold very tight please, ting-ting)

Edited to add: The verse made no sense, but with the chorus appended, I get some kind of anti-racism vibe from it. Depending on who the various people being referred to are, of course.

[ 16 January 2005: Message edited by: aRoused ]


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