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Saturday, June 09, 2012

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides Wis. case re the TV show, South Park

In Brownmark Films, LLC v. Comedy Partners, a 12-page 6/7/2012 opinion, Circuit Judge Cudahy writes:

This is a case about how a court may dispose of a copyright infringement action based on the fair use affirmative defense while avoiding the burdens of discovery and trial. This case also poses the interesting question of whether the incorporation-byreference doctrine applies to audio-visual works. * * *

We agree with the district court’s well-reasoned and delightful opinion. For these reasons, the judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED.

The 7th Circuit opinion is itself also a good read.

Thanks to Michelle Olsen ‏ @AppellateDaily for this link to The Hollywood Reporter, headed "'South Park' Wins 'What What (in the Butt)' Legal Fight." (The 7th Circuit shortens this to "WWITB" in its opinion.)

[More] See "South Park’s ‘What What (In the Butt)’ Beats Infringement Claim," by David Kravets of WIRED for much more.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 9, 2012 12:22 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions