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Talks on to put Michigan 'Singalong' back online


DETROIT (AP) — The producers and sponsors of the "The Pure Michigan Statewide Singalong" say they hope to resolve a copyright dispute with the creators of the platinum hit song "Good Time" on which it is based.

A copyright claim from Songs Music Publishing led YouTube on Friday to take down the popular video of a statewide sing-along shot for Michigan's tourism promotion agency.

"We don't like it" that the video can't be seen, said David Lorenz, spokesman for Pure Michigan, the nonprofit agency that promotes travel in the state. "We want to see this back up."

The video that Pure Michigan commissioned is based on a 50-city, one-week August road trip and seeks to promote Michigan as a place to visit, live, work and create a business.

Jeff Barrett and Rob Bliss of Grand Rapids-based Status Creative produced the video. It uses the melody and adapts the lyrics of "Good Time," written by Brian Lee and Matthew Thiessen. Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen performed the song, which was released in June.

The three-minute video opens with a firefighter walking in a parade in the eastern Upper Peninsula community of Newberry before cutting to a convertible driving onto a beach in Silver Lake. It quickly jumps from Marquette to Jackson to Midland to Rogers City.

Each scene shows people singing different verses of the song, whose lyrics say "it's always a good time" to be in Michigan.

The video debuted at halftime of the Detroit's Lions' Sept. 9 game with the St. Louis Rams and has had thousands of hits since.

"We had received usage approval for the song but were unaware of there being any secondary copyright claims," Barrett told The Associated Press in an email Monday. "We are working to resolve the issue."

The AP left messages seeking comment Monday with Songs Music Publishing.

Lorenz said Pure Michigan has been deluged with messages since the video was taken down Friday. He said he is hopeful that talks under way between the producers and the "Good Time" copyright holders will let Pure Michigan post the video again soon.

"We have received so many calls, Facebook and Twitter" messages, he said. "Everybody wants to see this up."


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