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July 31, 2004
JibJab Files Lawsuit for Right to Distribute Parody?
Bloomberg News is reporting that JibJab and EFF have actually filed a lawsuit to protect their right to distribute the parody (JibJab defends use of 'This Land'):
"This Land" was made for you and me, JibJab Media says in a lawsuit seeking the right to use the Woody Guthrie song This Land Is Your Land in an online parody of President Bush and Sen. John Kerry....JibJab, which is run by brothers Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, says in its suit, filed Thursday in San Francisco federal court, that the video is a parody and doesn't infringe on Ludlow Music's copyrights.
There is nothing on EFF's website that I could find and this is the only report of a lawsuit I've seen. I'm trying to confirm this report with EFF.
UPDATE 1150 PT
I've received anonymous confirmation that a lawsuit was filed (JibJab Does File Lawsuit - "This Land" a Fair Use Parody)
UPDATE 2 1350 PT
Seth Finkelstein has the court electronic database information (JibJab vs. Ludlow - Court Info).
Other JibJab News
The Dallas Morning News (annoying reg. req.) (Hits and Misses - July 31, 2004):
If this is danger, bring it on
The Richmond Organization is alleging that an online cartoon parodying the presidential race is causing "huge" damage to its copyright of Woody Guthrie's folk classic "This Land Is Your Land." But what it's really doing is adding some much-needed levity to a heated political season. The owners of the copyright are asking www.JibJab.com to stop distributing the cartoon that features John Kerry and George Bush as cartoon characters singing new words to the patriotic ditty. As obvious political satire, it's surely protected free speech. It's irreverent. It's funny. It jabs both sides. The true danger would be a lack of good satire in a presidential election year. [emphasis in original]
With regard to JibJab the Blawg Channel
points to Stanford
's Copyright & Fair Use Center
for more information on the issues involved (Research Site of the Day
USA Today had an odd column about the JibJab phenomenon. The article doesn't discuss the copyright issues, but is bizarre enough that I thought I'd point it out (This Net was made for you and me and the rest of the world).
I've now added a "JibJab Category" to my lists of categories to make following the story easier.
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