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Raunchy 'Grinch' Play Is A Fair Use Parody, Judge Finds

Law360, San Francisco (September 15, 2017, 9:13 PM EDT) -- A New York federal judge on Friday ruled the play "Who’s Holiday!" is protected by fair use, finding the one-woman show's adult take on the aftermath of Dr. Seuss' children's book "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!" is a "transformative" parody.

The original 1957 children’s book tells the story of a creature who tries to ruin Christmas for the people of utopian Who-Ville by stealing their trees and presents. When he learns the Whos are too cheerful to care that their presents are gone, he reforms....
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Case Title

Lombardo et al v. Dr. Seuss Enterprises, L.P.

Case Number



New York Southern

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Alvin K. Hellerstein

Date Filed

December 27, 2016

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