by Mike Masnick
Fri, Dec 17th 2010 5:58am
We recently pointed to an amusingly dark parody ending to the new Yogi Bear movie, which was getting a lot of attention -- and wondered how Warner Bros. would react to it. Warner Bros. General Counsel has been upfront in the past, saying that they try not to shut down "fan art" unless it really goes over the line, but the company's actions don't always live up to that. In this case, however, the good news is that Warner Bros. has said that it won't fight the parody video and will let it live on. It just asked the artist to put a specific disclaimer on the video (which he did). The studio did ask YouTube if it could put an age limit on the video, because it was afraid of kids seeing Yogi get shot... but that didn't happen and WB still seems okay with. So, kudos to Warner Bros. for not overreacting. It's sad that it still needs to be highlighted when some of these firms don't overreact, but hopefully it means they're learning.
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