Parody Relationship Attribute

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Relationship Attribute "Parody"


This AdvancedRelationshipAttribute specifies a particular CoverRelationshipType. It links an original version of a track to a parody version of a track.

From Wikipedia: It "involves changing or recycling existing (usually very well known) musical ideas or lyrics - or copying the peculiar style of a composer or artist, or even a general style of music." In classical music, a "parody" refers "to 15th- to 18th-century music, parody means a reworking of one kind of composition into another". (Wikipedia)

Please note that MusicBrainz uses the 'parody' concept as described above, and not as defined by United States Fair Use doctrines. [1]

Don't Make Relationship Clusters

Please don't link every version of a parody song to every original version: this data is redundant. In addition to clogging up track pages with unnecessary information, it makes work for people who may need to update or correct the information later. See DontMakeRelationshipClusters for more discussion of this problem. Only link to the original released version of the song which is being parodied.


  1. As described by a Beatallica representative, with regard to why they ceased all activity: "The legal notion of "parody" is different from the way you and I understand it. In order for a song to be a parody, it has to directly criticize or comment on the original artist or song. In other words, you can make a parody of a song by The Beatles that makes fun of The Beatles, and that's protected as "fair use"; the "2 Live Crew" case is an example of this. If you use someone's work to make fun of someone else, that's not always protected. It's considered "satire," not "parody." A good example of this is the "Cat NOT in the Hat" case. So what this seems to mean is that most of Weird Al Yankovic's songs are not technically parodies. He doesn't have to worry about litigation though; he always asks permission to release his satirical songs (because he can afford to). Notice that Weird Al has never released a Beatles parody. "Fair use" is a very fuzzy part of copyright law, decided on a case-by-case basis, so unfortunately the only way you can prove that what you're doing qualifies as fair use is to go to court." MusicBrainz uses the common parody concept, not the legal definition. A Beatallica or Weird Al Yankovic parody is perfectly fine for a cover parody Advanced Relationship.