Dr. Seuss-Star Trek Mashup Is Fair Use, Judge Rules

Law360 (March 12, 2019, 4:53 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge ruled Tuesday that a mashup of Dr. Seuss and "Star Trek" was protected by copyright law’s fair use doctrine, tossing out an infringement case filed by the famed author’s estate.

The judge ruled that the new book “Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!” had transformed Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You'll Go!” into something else entirely — one of the key questions courts consider when weighing fair use.

“Defendants did not copy verbatim text from ‘Go!’ in writing ‘Boldly,’ nor did they replicate entire illustrations from ‘Go!’" U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino wrote. “Although defendants certainly borrowed from...

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