[Wikipedia]: In 1989, sixties pop group The Turtles sued hip-hop band De La Soul for using a sample from their 1969 hit “You Showed Me” for the interlude track “Transmitting Live from Mars,” despite the fact that The Turtles did not actually write the original song.
Last week, the Library of Congress selected De La Soul’s 3 Feet High and Rising for the National Recording Registry. This is only the second hip-hop album to receive this status, after Public Enemy’s Fear of a Black Planet, which was added in 2004.
Both records would be impossible to release today, due to current copyright law and the environment for licensing samples, which is both expensive and unwieldy.
The following is a faux-letter to the Library of Congress from the Turtles, protesting the addition of De La Soul to the National Recording Registry. It was written by my policy intern Adam Holofcener. We believe that the following bit of satire is covered under a clear parody exception.
To: Library of Congress
From: The Turtles[1
Re: More like “Piracy-brary” of Congress
We, the Turtles, were extremely disappointed with your decision to name De La Soul’s morally bankrupt recording, Three Feet High and Rising, to the 2010 registry of the National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress. This is not an exercise in envy, um, lest you, Library, tactfully forget our magnanimous barrage of decorative hand soaps to your personal residencies. But, back to the matter at hand, The American Criminal Law! Or, is it Copyright? Whatever the case, our American courts have determined that De La Soul fiendishly appropriated our wits and bravado without due cause or compensation. Plagiarism! Barbarism! Patriotism! We are well aware that the Library has rational faculties at their beck and call; however, we would prefer that they use such faculties in a way that does not promote rampant intellectual theft.
We, or shall I say “I,” would like to remind the Library that we obtained a pretty nice out-of-court settlement from Messrs. De, La and Soul which, in a certain way of looking at it, bound us to them and their nefarious work in perpetuity. Thus, we propose a new out of-court-settlement to accompany our last one. If De Law® Soul is in the registry, then we would also like to be inducted. We aren’t terribly sure how the registry is organized (perhaps by alphabetical order?), but, whatever the case, we would like to be inserted directly in front of De La’s entry. The symbiotic nature of our two works has gotten very “Frodo and the Ring”-ish in our book. Some have said that characterizing the works this way is a unique reading of the situation that literally no one else has bothered to notice. Well, fiddlesticks. The Turtles and De La Soul go together like fried haddock and mushy peas. I could really go for some mushy peas; perhaps, even, some fiddlesticks. You have gotten me off track!
In conclusion, Library, it would be our honor to invite you to a band showcase that we are having at “The Whiskey A Go Go” this evening. I told the promoter that we could bring at least 37 people and he seemed impressed. We hope you take our considerations to heart when contemplating new additions to your registry. Again, great work on the Songs of the Humpback Whales pull!
To us being “Happy Together,”
 Are hand soaps not “in” anymore?
 Our lawyers are unclear, as well.
 Well, maybe not “officially” determined, but their large, looming shadow really pushed our cause into the litigious end-zone, so to speak.
 A job well done on choosing Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man,” for this year’s registry.
 [Ed's. Note: At this point, it seems clear that all but vocalist Howard Kaylan has relocated to the local watering hole in the less prosperous section of the Hollywood Hills.]
 In the settlement, we tried to stipulate that the group change its name to “De Law Soul,” as a constant reminder of the infrastructure surrounding their future creative endeavors, but we, sadly, lacked the clout.
 Our lawyer has repeatedly asked us to ignore the law, and all allusions to it, in responses to this inquiry.
 Please send us the official Dewey decimal demarcation of our LP’s placement.
 A fan commented that it was similar to baseball teams that think they are engaged in an explicit rivalry with the New York Yankees even though they are not the Boston Red Sox.
 [Ed's. Note: Kaylan has gradually affected an East London accent (“Top of the Pops” reruns have been on throughout the making of this transcription). There is probably a correlation between this possibly unconscious behavior and the ingestion of his fifth Pimms Cup.]
 [ . . . Eds. Note]
 Have you thought of doing this more than once a year? I am in a business class at the Santa Monica Community College and the Professor has stressed that limiting yourself to such few engagements does not, in fact, “up the rarity factor.”