Not everyone likes Guitar Hero. Charlie Daniels, for one, is pissed that his iconic song “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” shows up in Guitar Hero III. As NME reports:
He has publicly stated that he would have refused permission for the song to be used if he had the power, claiming that the “very essence” of the song had been “violated.”
That’s right, they didn’t get his permission. Then, doesn’t look like they needed to…
Daniels, who wrote the song in 1979 while a member of The Charlie Daniels Band, lost the rights to the song in a past settlement.
He explained on his blog: “The song, ‘The Devil Went Down To Georgia’, which I wrote, is supposed to be a lighthearted novelty about a fiddling contest between a country boy and the devil and the devil always loses.”
“I would never grant permission for some company to create a video game version of a song I wrote in which the devil wins a contest.”
Expressing his upset at the devil character who challenges players in the game, he added: “I’m sorely disappointed with the company who owns the copyright for not policing the situation. As it is they have allowed these people to violate the very essence of the song.
“At this time I don’t know if I have any legal recourse, probably not, but I wanted you folks to know that I vehemently disagree with what has been done to a piece of my work.”
“And I would like to pass along a little advice to parents of young children. This game looks innocent enough but if you have a child who is playing it, take the time to sit with him or her while they’re playing along and take a serious look at the images on the screen.”