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May 23, 2011

A Cappella Group in Controversy with "Glee"

KEZI TV (Oregon):

The blog Pop Culture Brain leaked audio from the finale of the musical show "Glee", and a local a capella group noticed it sounded eerily identical to an arrangement they had made years ago, causing a controversy over ownership. Back in 2005, University of Oregon Divisi arranged and choreographed a unique version of the song "Yeah" by Usher.

So Glee producers contacted the current group of Divisi and offered to pay for the arrangement of the song, but quickly retracted the offer.

But when Divisi members heard the leaked audio of the song from the "Glee" finale, they were worried the hit show was trying to steal an arrangement copyrighted by the group.

"We were really upset and mad about it because we were obviously just really willing to let them use the arrangement," said Katie Simon, current Divisi singer.

However, worry quickly turned to flattery Friday afternoon when a music producer associated with Divisi says 20th Century Fox said they were willing to give them credit and compensation. Watch the KEZI TV news segment here.

Posted by acapnews at May 23, 2011 11:37 PM

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