Lady GaGa has given pop parody performer Weird Al Yankovic permission to use his version of her Born This Way on his new album after he posted the track online despite a ban from her management.
According to reports, Gaga insisted on reviewing the track, Perform This Way, before agreeing to let Yankovic add it to his upcoming album. He agreed but her handlers refused him permission.
Unperturbed, the singing comic posted the song on his blog and on YouTube.com.
Defiant Yankovic said, "My parodies have always fallen under what the courts call 'fair use', and this one was no different, legally allowing me to record and release it without permission. But it has always been my personal policy to get the consent of the original artist before including my parodies on any album, so of course I will respect Gaga's wishes.
"However, given the circumstances, I have no problem with allowing people to hear it online, because I also have a personal policy not to completely waste my stinking time.
"So I uploaded the song to YouTube, and will be making free mp3 downloads available on weirdal.com shortly. Hope you enjoy it."
Sources close to Lady Gaga insist she did not shut down Weird Al over the parody - in fact she had not heard the song.
And late on Wednesday (20Apr11), Gaga gave her blessing to Yankovic's parody, according to the performer's manager.
When Yankovic posted the track on YouTube.com on Wednesday morning (20Apr11), he asked fans to donate to the Human Rights Campaign, an organisation that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered causes.