"South Park" Sued for Copyright Infringement
SouthPark is being sued for copyright infringement over the the 2008 South Park episode “Canada On Strike!” The episode parodies the viral video “What What (In The Butt?)”, leading to Brownmark Films, the producers behind the video, filing suit against Viacom and Comedy Central over it.
Comedy Central stated: “Courts have consistently recognized that parody enjoys broad protections under the First Amendment and the Copyright Act. We believe South Park‘s parody of the ‘What What (In the Butt)’ viral music video that appeared in the 2008 episode of South Park entitled ‘Canada on Strike,’ is fully protected against any copyright infringement claims under the fair-use doctrine and the First Amendment and we plan to vigorously defend those rights.”
In an old interview between Brownmark and The Hollywood Reporter, Brownmark actually says they were completely surprised by the South Park “homage” and even sent Trey and Matt a thank-you e-mail. This lawsuit also comes hot on the news that Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of SouthPark, were forced to apologize for lifting material for a spoof of Inception from the CollegeHumor.com website.
[Source :The Hollywood Reporter]