Orwell's Estate Threatens Creator Of Parody Of Parody Of 1984
from the the-levels-of-parody dept
You could see this one coming from a mile away. The controversial anti-Hilly Clinton ad that parodied the famous Apple “1984” ad is coming under criticism from the company that’s licensed the rights to George Orwell’s 1984. The company hasn’t said it will sue, as so far it’s just issuing vague threats about monitoring the situation and protecting the value of its assets. The reason the company probably won’t sue is because the ads’ creator would almost certainly have a slam dunk case based on the fair use right to create a parody. If anything, you’d think that Apple would be in a better position to sue, since it was their ad, not the book itself, that formed the basis for this ad. Also, you’d hope that a company that’s so concerned about protecting Orwell’s work and legacy would see some irony in using copyright law to stifle politically-motivated free speech.