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.

"Who’s Holiday!" reimagines the life of Cindy-Lou Who, a child who, in the original, encounters the...

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