Author: Kyle Rambeau

O, ‘Baby:’ Is Mr. Jones’ Bieber oration fair use?

Although extremely humorous, one must ask whether James Earl Jones reciting a portion of the lyrics of the song “Baby” by Justin Bieber on the Gayle King Show constitutes copyright infringement? One argument is that this is clearly a “parody,” which is a distorted imitation of an original work of authorship for the purpose of commenting on it, and is protected under the First Amendment as fair use. But Mike Masnick of Techdirt, believes that there is a good possibility that the Gayle King Show went ahead and licensed the use of Justin Bieber’s lyrics from the copyright holder. So what do you think? Is this a clear example of “fair use” or was it necessary to get a license from the copyright holder in order for Mr. Jones to recite the...

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A pause for a lawyer-Broadway spoof from SNL

What happens when a Broadway critical debacle veers into television satire and spins out yet another pop culture jibe at the law and lawyers? “Saturday Night Live” has just aired its parody of a New York-based law firm specializing in settlements for folks injured through “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.”  Click here for a legal diversion...

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