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How are parodies protected under Fair Use?

 
 
Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2011 02:43 pm
I know parodies are protected under Fair Use but how are they protected under Fair Use? How is it people can get away with using licensed characters and properties in a parody without asking for the property owners permission? How does that not constitute being a derivative work or fall under copyright infringment?

They do that all the time on TV shows like Family Guy and Robot Chicken. People make animated Flash parodies of cartoons and showcase them online. Please help. Thank you.
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2011 11:33 pm
Is anyone here a legal expert?
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Reply Sat 19 Mar, 2011 11:58 pm
People like Weird Al and stuff do get the rights to make the songs. The artist give them the rights to use the media, not own it. It is win win for both of them because they both make money. And you don't need the permission to use someones music if you are not trying to make a profit off of it.

Can someone please explain what "The artist give them the rights to use the media, not own it" means?
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