A note on the Amazon ads: I've chosen to display current events titles in the Amazon box. Unfortunately, Amazon appears to promote a disproportionate number of angry-left books. I have no power over it at this time. Rest assured, I'm still a conservative.
Wednesday, August 25, 2004 JibJab parody gets legal OK: The Electronic Freedom Foundation reports that the JibJab parody of "This Land is Your Land" is legal because the copyright has expired. Ludlow Music disputes the claim but has settled the case -- agreeing that there will be no further lawyering.
Thank God. This was one of the dumbest suits I've heard of in years, but one that might nevertheless have prevailed if the copyright were still in force. The Ninth Circuit draws a distinction between parodies, which mock the work that is copied, from satire, which mocks something else.