Fair use gets stronger—thanks, “What What (In the Butt)”

25 06 2012

Poor “What What (In the Butt).” Once nothing more than a bizarre 2007 music video posing the question “You want to do it in my butt, in my butt?,” it went viral, racking up more than 47 million YouTube views to date—until its creators got into a long-running lawsuit with the TV show South Park. That suit appeared to end earlier this month with a decision from the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, which went out of its way to suggest that the video’s creators were starting to look like “copyright trolls.”

And the ill-considered case has actually turned out to do copyright law a bit of good by establishing that judges can make obvious “fair use” rulings early on in court proceedings, preventing litigants from simply running up the legal bill on the other side until they have to settle.


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