Lede of the Day

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

From the Tennessean:

The phrase “bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea” belongs exclusively to funk legend George Clinton, a panel of federal judges ruled this week.

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18 Responses to “Lede of the Day”

  1. #1 |  It does have “Dog” in the title. « Get The Picture | 

    […] we should all rejoice to learn this (h/t The Agitator): The phrase “bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea” belongs exclusively to funk legend […]

  2. #2 |  Robert | 

    While I can understand “bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea” being unique enought to be protected ( in the context of a song lyric ), I can’t agree with the use of “Dog” being protected. And I’m a GC fan.

  3. #3 |  AxiomThree | 

    Regardless of the ruling, Snoop Dogg said to still be in the mother fuckin’ house.

  4. #4 |  William Anderson | 

    Thank you for that, Radley. I now must go drink, as stuff like this has that effect upon me.

  5. #5 |  omar | 

    I just wrote a song. It’s called “copyright infringement – bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea, dog”

    It goes a little something like…

    I’m infringing on your copyright and I just don’t care, dog.
    bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea
    bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea
    bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea
    bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea
    please sue me as hard as you can, asshats

    violating dumb copyright laws never felt so good.

  6. #6 |  Dakota | 

    @ Omar

    Technically I think Eazy-E beat you to the punch everyone to the punch, although the words were originally for Dr. Dre and Snoop, they ring true as a response to copyright infrigement police, especially since Eazy is in the great hereafter:

    “Bow wow wow yippie yo yeppie yah
    Suck on these nuts nigga suck on these nuts
    I tell em bow wow wow yippie yo yeppie yea
    Suck on these nuts nigga suck on these nuts”

  7. #7 |  God's Own Drunk | 

    Anything Dr. Funkenstein wins in any venue on any planet is deserved. He has kept us safe from Sir Nose D’Voidoffunk for years. He should get a percentage of every hip-hop record sold since 1982. His influence on poplular music over the last several decades cannot be overstated.

    I’m relatively young (34) and seen Parliament/Funkadelic in concert 4 times. Once at Seattle Bumbershoot festival where he played for 4 hours. I also saw him last year at the Showbox, a small club where he played for 3 hours. Considering his age, quite a feat. Compare him rocking crowds for $20 club tickets for 3 hours versus over-rated “legends” like The Police, Eagles, Aerosmith or Fleetwood Mac- bands who hate each other but get together to ass-rape their fans wallets with “reunion” tours.

    All hail captain of the Mothership.

  8. #8 |  Mister DNA | 

    This calls for a blast from the Onion’s past: Mothership Accidentally Descends on Hootie Concert

  9. #9 |  Mojopin | 


    I respect your anti-authoritarian sentiment, but I have always wondered why some of my closest libertarian friends have such qualms with copyright and trademark laws. If there is a legitimate function of government in a libertarian utopia, I have always thought it would be protection of “intellectual” property.

    Maybe I just need new friends.

  10. #10 |  Greg C | 

    Too bad George Clinton doesn’t own his songs and probably doesn’t get a dime from these lawsuits. This isn’t him suing these artists. He probably appreciates it.

  11. #11 |  Chris Mallory | 

    Sounds like to me it is nothing more than a take off from the refrain of the public domain song “The Old Chisholm Trail”.
    “Come a ti yi yippee, come a ti yi yea.” Is just one of the various forms it takes.

  12. #12 |  Gabriel | 

    Mojopin: Many liberatarians see “intellectual property” as pure government fiat, not founded in any natural rights. If the proper function of government is to protect rather than limit our freedom, that should include the freedom to write whatever you want on a piece of paper and sell it for whatever price you can get.

    Infringing on my copyright “neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” It deprives me of nothing which I had otherwise. Its only effect on me is to reduce the potential market for my own sales- but I can not ever have a property interest in the future behavior of potential buyers.

    If we imagine a pre-legal society based purely on intuitive, natural rights, we can easily imagine that Grog the caveman will violently object if you try to steal his best spear or murder his child. If we try to imagine Grog’s reaction to you building a mud idol which looks just like his, it’s not at all clear that he would feel the same sense of righteous affront.

  13. #13 |  me | 

    Free your ass and you will free your mind. Somehow I don’t see Funkadelic hangin’ with the trust fund babies.

  14. #14 |  billy-jay | 

    Nice, Gabriel.

    As an aside, some of us don’t think there is any legitimate function of government.

  15. #15 |  me | 

    Free your mind and your ass will follow.

  16. #16 |  Toonhead | 

    bow wow wow, yippie yo, yippie yea

  17. #17 |  ddbb | 

    Possible chilling effect on 9-1-1 calls if the roof is on fire?

  18. #18 |  Gabriel | 

    Definitely, ddbb, and it’s already starting.

    Roof On Fire Claims Lives Of 43 Party People