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The yodeler who sued Yahoo (thehustle.co)
63 points by muraiki 32 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 18 comments



Incredible, the yodel's worth jumped from 3 to 7 figures once the artist's lawyers evened the playing field!

This story reminds me of the Nike logo one, quote Wikipedia: For her services, the company paid her $35 ($206 in 2015 dollars), citing that she worked 17.5 hours on creating the Swoosh.


Worth mentioning that she got paid later (without her having to hire lawyers as far as I know) https://www.oregonlive.com/business/2011/06/nikes_swoosh_bra...


That yodel was a pretty good bit of branding. It certainly sticks in your head. I'll probabbly never forget it.


I remember getting in a lot of trouble at school because the teacher called us a 'bunch of yahoos'. I ... I just couldn't help myself and let rip


I'm curious about IP protection on a 3.5 second performance, comprising 3 notes.

What would appropriate "fair use" look like? And evidently, the fact that Yahoo made it their branding was something legally different than a local performance. Odd system we have.


Whatever appropriate "fair use" is, I'm pretty sure it isn't build your brand around it, and if you license a composition for use in a regional radio ad in order to avoid royalty payments, it's not fair use to also use it for everything else, whether it's 3.5 seconds long or not.

The Intel jingle is only four notes, but Walter Werzowa's done rather well out of being paid to compose variants of it and it's rather more famous than his actual records...


It probabbly is significant that they paid him in the first place too.

Also would "fair use" in your mind apply to anyone else too? Not sure Yahoo would want to go all brand heavy on something anyone else could pick up either.


Jingles were common branding from the dawn of radio up until the 90s. Car dealers still use them for radio slots.

"By Mennen" is 3 notes. The Sprint pindrop was...1?


I can see why he'd be mad. If you were around the Bay Area in 1999/2000, that yodel was unescapable. He deserved to be paid.


I would think it was inescapable if you were anywhere but in the most remote areas of the world.


He was paid, he just didn't ask for enough.


He wasn't paid. He was paid for giving a copyright license for a regional commercial. He wasn't paid for the copyright license Yahoo! needed for everything else they used his yodel for.


(I will always pronounce Yahoo yay-hoo, and nobody can stop me. yay-hoo.com — it's my own little strike against the beast.)


I will always pronounce Jason jah-son, and you cant stop me. Jah-son Fruit.


I will always pronounce "capsule" with the Jean-Luc Picard glide, and you can't stop me. Capshule-corp.


I don't think I would want to stop that.


Duplicate. This has been posted 2 times already


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