‘Family Guy’ And The Satirist’s Fair Use Conundrum

Law360, New York (May 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The “fair use” showdown between bitter sibling rivals “parody” and “satire” was recently brought before the Southern District of New York, and parody prevailed yet again.

The U.S. Supreme Court set the stage in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose, 510 U.S. 569, 600 (1994), when it determined that the rap/song “Pretty Woman,” written and performed by the rap group 2 Live Crew, was a parody of the Roy Orbison rock ballad “Oh, Pretty Woman,” and therefore did not infringe Acuff-Rose’s copyright in Orbison’s song.

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