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Old 07-14-2014, 09:44 PM   #13
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yeah, the Supreme Court specifically ruled on parody long ago, saying they are protected free speech, even if you make money on parodies.

Weird Al has always said that he wants to go the extra mile to get permission because he doesn't want to piss off the artist and make sure they are in on the joke. I'm sure he really does feel that way to some extent, but its also probably good business. Even if you are certain you'll win in court, you don't really "win" if you had to spend a fortune fighting a lawsuit from some angry demented musician with plenty of money to burn.
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