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Fight Over ‘Spinal Tap’ Profits Dialed Up to 11

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Harry Shearer, left, and Michael McKean perform as Spinal Tap in London, on July 7, 2007.

Harry Shearer, left, and Michael McKean perform as Spinal Tap in London, on July 7, 2007.

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Comedian Harry Shearer has a message for the company that owns the rights to “This is Spinal Tap."

Gimme some money. Gimme some money.”