Parody Copyright

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Parody Writers Take Note: Fair Use Parody + New Elements = Copyright Protection

On October 30, 2015 the Second Circuit held that an unauthorized parody that makes “fair use” of its source material is eligible for copyright protection and that copyright protection may extend to a work that exhibits the...more

Court Provides Fair Use Guidance On YouTuber’s Use of Viral Video

This copyright case pitted two big YouTube content brands against each other over issues of fair use. On one side is Equals Three, LLC, a YouTube content studio and channel created and owned by Ray William Johnson, an early...more

Adjmi v. DLT Entertainment LTD. - USDC, S.D. New York, March 31, 2015

Adjmi v. DLT Entertainment LTD. - USDC, S.D. New York, March 31, 2015 - In Depth: District court grants declaratory judgment to playwright, holding that play’s dark and “nightmarish” theatrical take on iconic...more

Belgium: Even a world famous painter needs to respect copyrights

The well-known Belgian painter Luc Tuymans has based his painting ‘A Belgian Politician’ on a picture of the Belgian right-wing politician Jean-Marie Dedecker that was made by the professional photographer Katrijn Van Giel,...more

Three’s Company But Two’s a Crowd: Theatrical Parodies of Copyrighted Works

In our Oscar litigation post a few weeks ago, we made a passing reference to MGM v. Showcase Atlanta Coop. Prods., Inc., 479 F.Supp. 351 (N.D. Ga. 1979). In that case, the Northern District Court of Georgia held that the play...more

Cariou v. Prince: A Controversial Redefining of the Distinction between Parody and Satire

The controversy that swirled around the 2013 Cariou v. Prince decision was once again ignited with the Seventh Circuit’s recent decision in Kienitz v. Sconnie Nation LLC – a decision that, fairly or unfairly, took direct...more

CJEU clarifies scope of exception for parody: not just joking around

Under Belgian law, a copyrighted work may be used without the authorisation of the author(s) for the purposes of caricature, parody or pastiche. In the absence of any clear guidance on the interpretation of the concept of...more

What’s in a joke? Advocate General opinion finds parody to be an autonomous concept of EU law

Advocate General Cruz Villalon released his eagerly awaited opinion on 22 May 2014, in the case of Johan Deckmyn [C-201/13]. The opinion confirms that “parody” is an autonomous concept of EU law and that to qualify as a...more

You Gotta Fight For Your Right To Fair Use

If you’ve got a Facebook account, the following video has probably made an appearance or two (or twenty) in your status feed last month...more

Thankful I Didn’t Copy Images, Parody The Beastie Boys, Use Overbearing TOS Or Have To Stand Behind TheDirty

With the short Thanksgiving week, I thought we would touch on a few interesting stories developing over the last couple of weeks. Photographer gets $1 million+ verdict from AFP and Getty for copied Twitpics - In...more

Goldieblox, Inc. v. Island Def Jam Music Group, et al.

Complaint for Declaratory Judgment and Injunctive Relief

An action for declaratory and injunctive relief to establish the rights of a toy company, GoldieBlox, in connection with a parody video set to the tune of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls.”...more

Modernising the exceptions to copyright: the government consults on the draft amendments

Last December in the document Modernising Copyright the government set out its decisions to amend some of the current exceptions to copyright protection and to add some new ones. The Intellectual Property Office has now...more

Reading Between the Lines vs. Twilight Movies: The Most “Creative” Market Definition I’ve Ever Read

I think the award for most creative market definition (at least for 2013) has to go to the plaintiff in Between the Lines Productions, LLC v. Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., Case No. 13-cv-3584 (S.D.N.Y. May 30, 2013). There,...more

Need A Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift? Be Careful!

Do you need to buy a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? You may be thinking of picking up the best-selling book Fifty Shades of Grey. Be careful – you need to read this post so that you are not confused and buy something else....more

Controversial Film “Escape From Tomorrow” Shows Need to Protect Intellectual Property

“Escape From Tomorrow,” one of the most controversial films at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, has put copyright and trademark law, as well as the question of what constitutes parody, in the spotlight. The film reminds...more

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