Viacom and Comedy Central have been let off the hook over an episode of South Park that allegedly ripped off a copyrighted music video for the viral phenomenon What What (In the Butt).
In November, Brownmark Films sued over a 2008 South Park episode entitled Canada on Strikein which the character Butters re-created an Internet video sensation from the singer Samwell.
Samwell's super silly video for What What (In the Butt) was downloaded more than 41 million times on YouTube and featured on PerezHilton and VH1's Best Week Ever.
Brownmark claimed the re-creation of its music video constituted copyright infringement.
In response, Viacom said it was a parody and fell squarely within "fair use" exceptions to copyright.
A Wisconsin federal judge agrees, making the rare step to affirm "fair use" at the summary judgment phase. Read More...