From IMDB entry on Weird Al Yankovic..."Contrary to popular belief, Yankovic is not under any explicit obligation to obtain permission from the composers of the songs he parodies -- courts in the U.S. and other countries have consistently given great latitude to parody, almost always ruling that it is protected under the tenets of free expression and social critique (the exceptions are generally cases where the resulting work violates principles of good taste). Out of respect for his peers in the entertainment industry, however, he has always asked permission, and (the Coolio controversy notwithstanding) has consistently abided by the artists' wishes. While permission isn't mandatory, he *is* obligated to pay royalties for any direct parodies."Unfortunately for Captain Sparkles, the issue has not yet gone to the courts. Even if they put the video back up, there might be royalties involved.