from the yeah,-that's-not-going-to-work dept
SAMWELL IS NOT SUING SOUTH PARK.The whole "please try to be nicer to him" thing is kind of strange, and suggests that Brownmark knows what a ridiculous lawsuit this is. Separately, Viacom has responded by pointing out that parody is protected and is not copyright infringement. Obviously, the whole thing seems a little silly, and feels partly like it might be a publicity stunt by the two guys at Brownmark.
Brownmark Films is NOT Samwell. It is a music video production company.
Samwell is not involved, so please try to be nicer to him!
However, there is one other interesting note. In the press release announcing the lawsuit, Brownmark points out that there's a certain irony in the fact that Viacom was "copying" content from YouTube at the same time it was suing YouTube for posting copies of Viacom content:
In a time when corporations like Viacom are actively pursuing billion dollar judgements against video distribution sites such as YouTube, it is unreasonable for those same corporations to treat the Internet as a bottomless well from which it can endlessly draw content without permission, payment, or even acknowledgment of the original artists. Brownmark Films is taking a stand against these corporationsí continued reliance on double-standards, a decision made all the more difficult by Brownmark Films' respect for South Park and its brand of humor.All that said, this lawsuit seems like it will go nowhere extremely fast. The video is clearly a parody video, and I can't see how the videomakers have any chance of convincing a court otherwise.