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Pro-reading 'Beat It' parody back online

Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:40 PM

LANSDOWNE, Pa., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A pro-reading video created by Pennsylvania teens using the tune of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" has been restored to YouTube eight days after it was blocked.

The Lansdowne Public Library said the video, a parody of Jackson's song titled "Read It," was blocked on YouTube Nov. 19, just three days after it was uploaded, on a request from Sony-ATV, ABC News reported Thursday.

However, the library said they received word Tuesday that the copyright owner had released its claim on the video, the Delaware County (Pa.) Daily Times reported.

"A request was made to post the parody video 'Read It' on the Internet. While it is not our common practice to do so, we made an exception for the Lansdowne students, waiving all fees, because it is a well-intentioned effort by students to motivate kids to read. Their video can now be viewed by anyone with Internet access," Sony-ATV spokesman Jimmy Asci said in a statement.

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