JibJab Free to Use Guthrie Tune

JibJab Media last month drew fire for using Woody Guthrie’s classic song "This Land is Your Land" in its much talked about animated short poking fun at presidential candidates George W. Bush an John Kerry. Now the Associated Press reports that the toon makers and the publishers of the song have come to an agreement.

In a settlement reached Tuesday, Ludlow Music, the song’s publisher, agreed to allow JibJab to continue using the tune. JibJab in turn dropped a countersuit filed against Ludlow in defense of its right to parody. In addition, the short’s creators agreed to provide a link to the song’s original lyrics on their website, www.jibjab.com, and to donate 20 percent of any profits to the Woody Guthrie Foundation.

The "This Land is Your Land" parody made JibJab.com one of the most visited sites this summer. In fact, the site has received more hits than both Bush’s and Kerry’s official websites combined. While the candidates have each been satirized in many other animated shorts that have popped up in the Internet, the bipartisan nature of the JibJab effort made it a hit with both Republicans and Democrats.

JibJab.com is the brainchild of brothers Evan and Greg Spiredelli. To find out more about the site and the Spredelli’s booming careers, pick up the September issue of Animation Magazine.