Monday, December 28, 2015

"Southpark" made "Fair Use" more accessible for "all of us"

Let’s pause for a moment and remember “How Southpark Saved Fair Use”, an article in Reason by Alexis Garica.
The article embeds a Reason TV video where Parker Higgins, copyright counsel at Electronic Frontier Foundation, explains an unusual case where EFF sided with media giant Viacom (aka Paramount Pictures) when Viacom created a Southpark episode called “Canada on Strike” (remember, “Blame Canada!”) based on Brownmark’s video by Samwell.

In 2010, the Seventh Circuit (Chicago) upheld the dismissal of the suit before it got to trial, on fair use grounds.
But Higgins also explains how “canonical fair use” has been undermined by a “permissions culture” in much of the media business, where people pay for unnecessary licenses because they fear frivolous litigation.

Southpark has been popular with libertarians, as there is a lot about personal responsibility.  Don’t forget the 1999 film with the character “Big Gay Al”.

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