10 Most Significant Parody as Fair Use Cases in U.S. Courts

1. Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. (1994) Court: U.S. Supreme Court Who Won: 2 Live Crew (Campbell)Who Lost: Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.Main Arguments:Acuff-Rose argued that 2 Live Crew’s parody of “Oh, Pretty Woman” infringed on their copyright.2 Live Crew argued that their version was a parody and therefore fair use.Ruling and Reasoning: The Court ruled in … Read more

The Princess Bride: A Study in Parody

Introduction “The Princess Bride” is a 1987 fantasy adventure film directed by Rob Reiner, based on a 1973 novel of the same name by William Goldman. The movie is a blend of romance, adventure, and comedy. It tells the story of Westley, a young man who sets out to rescue his true love, Princess Buttercup, … Read more

Tropic Thunder: A Study in Parody

Introduction “Tropic Thunder” is a comedy film released in 2008, directed by Ben Stiller. The movie falls under the genre of action-comedy and satire. It tells the story of a group of actors who are shooting a war movie in Southeast Asia. Due to a series of mishaps, they find themselves in a real-life conflict … Read more

Pastiche and Parody

Definition of Pastiche Pastiche is a literary and artistic technique where a work imitates the style or character of another work, genre, or author. Unlike parody, pastiche is generally created as a form of homage rather than criticism. It can be a collection of various elements or a single imitation. Etymology and Brief History The … Read more

Verisimilitude and Parody

Definition of Verisimilitude Verisimilitude is a literary term that refers to the believability or the appearance of truth in a work of fiction. It is the quality that makes a story seem real, even if the events and characters are made up. The term is often used to evaluate how well a work of fiction … Read more

Parody and Intertextuality

Definition of Intertextuality Intertextuality is a literary term that refers to the relationship between different texts. Specifically, it’s the way in which one text influences, echoes, or responds to another. This can happen through direct quotations, allusions, or the borrowing of themes, characters, or ideas. Examples of Intertextuality in Literature Significance in Literary Criticism Intertextuality … Read more

Literary Parodies: Five Notable Examples

1. “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift Target: Travel narratives of the 18th centuryImitation: Swift’s work mimics the style of popular travel narratives, describing fantastical lands and cultures.Implicit Criticism: The book serves as a satire on human nature, government, and the “travelling scientists” of the time. It questions the validity and motives behind colonial exploration and … Read more

Music Parodies: Five Notable Examples

1. “Eat It” by “Weird Al” Yankovic Target: “Beat It” by Michael JacksonImitation: “Weird Al” Yankovic mimics the musical style and the iconic music video of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It.” The parody features similar choreography and costumes.Implicit Criticism: The parody highlights society’s obsession with food and eating habits. While the original song is about facing … Read more

Scott Dikkers on Parody

The following is an excerpt from How To Write Funny: Your Serious, Step-By-Step Blueprint For Creating Incredibly, Irresistibly, Successfully Hilarious Writing by Scott Dikkers (full citation below). Parody Parody is making fun of another entertainment or information product. Any piece of writing, type of presentation, or anything intended to be presented to the public in … Read more

Fan Fiction and Parody

Introduction Fan fiction is a fascinating cultural phenomenon that has gained significant traction in recent years, especially with the advent of the internet. While it shares some similarities with parody, it is fundamentally different in its intent and execution. This article aims to define fan fiction, provide examples of popular fan fiction, and explain why … Read more

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