The next Chainsmokers? We hope not. If you don’t have a child and/or don”t live around many children, you may not know this, but there has been a hit song sweeping the airwaves and YouTube streams for the last 5 years now known as Baby Shark. Not only does every child on the planet know this song by heart now, but the song has amassed over 5 billion views globally, making it one of the highest viewed videos of all time. Now, with something this popular, someone is sure to be making serious money, right? Well, today we want to introduce you to two camp counselors who are suing the makers for copyright infringement and hoping to take that cash for themselves.
The most widely viewed version of the song and thusly the most profitable was recorded by an educational entertainment company called Pinkfong based out of South Korea. Although the song has existed in some form or another for the last few millennium, it wasn’t until Pinkfong recorded an educational video to accompany it that the song went viral. No one knows how much money Pinkfong has made off of this video and while it still exists in the public domain, their name will now forever be attached to it.
Now meet Eric Foyster and Brian Gillim, two camp counselors from Boise, ID who want to take on the conglomerate for the copyright and start getting some of that cold, hard Youtube money.
“Look, I’m not saying that we invented the song, but we definitely perfected it,” Foyster tells us while preparing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We are somewhat distracted by this, as he is doing so in such an erratic way. Each sandwich seems to have a completely random amount of both peanut butter and jelly. And get this, he’s putting them on the same side of bread. “I don’t know how Pingfonk found out about us, but they clearly used our exactly same formula for success.”
We asked the pair if they had thought about the fact that the song is in the public domain and if they thought that would affect their copyright case. “Yeah I doubt it,” Gillim replied. “I mean, people have sued for less and won, right? Why not us?”
“Brian and I just believe that the rights of the song should belong to camps and campers around the world, not some weird company across the Pacific. Baby Shark is as American as you can get and it should stay that way.”
They are mainly wrong, but that is their right, so why ruin the fun?