Never one to miss a hip and cool trend man, the IPKat couldn’t help but ponder about the issues thrown up with regard to the ownership of the copyright in the Crazy Frog ringtone/single/media empire (details from the Daily Telegraph).

*It all started when Swedish teenager Daniel Malmedahl recorded himself imitating a moped.
*The file was circulated on the and used on the Insanity Test – if you could listen to it for 60secs then clearly, you were insane.
*Erik Wernquist, another Swede, took the test and, amused by it, created the frog character which he posted on his company’s website. Wernquist didn’t know where the sound came from and put out a call for its creator to get in touch with him. A friend of Malmedahl passed on Malmedahl’s details.
*A worker at the German Jamba company saw the frog and told his boss about it. Jamba bought the rights from Malmedahl and Wernquist.
*Jamba was bought by VeriSign.
* The Crazy Frog was launched as a ringtone, mobile phone screen saver and a single.

His copyright won’t croak for another 70 years – makes the whole system worth it doesn’t it?

The IPKat says hurray for the power of the internet.
Merpel says that everyone knows that the krazy kat came first.
The Crazy Frog says
A ding ding ding ding dididing ding bing bing pscht,
Dorhrm bom bom bedom
bem bom bedom bom bum ba ba bom bom,
Bouuuuum bom bom bedahm, Bom be
barbedarm bedabedabedabeda
Bbrrrrrimm bbrrrrramm bbbrrrrrrrrraammmmm
Bah bah baah baah ba wheeeeeee-eeeee-eeeee!

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AMPHIBIOUS FUN AMPHIBIOUS FUN Reviewed by Unknown on Sunday, May 29, 2005 Rating: 5


Jeremy said...

In the interests of academic objectivity I have listened carefully to this ringtone several times. Can anyone tell me what is actually supposed to be annoying about it, except for the fact that it's someone else's idea and they are making money out of it?

Anonymous said...

Cynical, as ever, Mr Jeremy. But aren't all ringtones annoying if you hear them often enough?

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