The “Law & Order” franchise — and “SVU,” its lone remaining incarnation — is known for its topical ripped-from-the-headlines storylines. But CBS’ legal drama “The Good Wife” is quickly becoming the go-to show for topical plots. Case in point: Sunday’s (Jan. 5) episode of “TGW,” which tackled a case incredibly similar to a “Glee” controversy from early 2013.
When “Glee” covered Sir Mix-a-Lot‘s “Baby Got Back,” fans of singer/songwriter Jonathan Coulton recognized the folksy arrangement used on the show as the very same one Coulton had released years before. But after complaining to the show, Coulton received a less-than-stellar response.
“They also got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they’re within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it’s my version — so you know, it’s kind of SECRET exposure). While they appear not to be legally obligated to do any of these things, they did not apologize, offer to credit me, or offer to pay me, and indicated that this was their general policy in regards to covers of covers,” he wrote on his blog.
The Coulson case wasn’t even the first time “Glee” has been accused of stealing arrangements — singer/songwriter Greg Laswell’s version of “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” appeared in an earlier episode of the show.
On “TGW,” Matthew Lillard’s singer-songwriter character sued the creators of “Glee”-alike “Drama Camp” for stealing his cover of the rap song “Thicky Trick.” Fortunately, he fared better in court. Alicia Florrick saves the day again!
Check out the amazing full-length video the “Good Wife” cast made for “Thicky Trick” at E! Online: It’s a must-watch for fans of either show.