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Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicTelevisionComedy · 1 month ago

Does Saturday night live have to get some ones permission before they make a skit about them, and if not how do they not get sued for it?

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And if its parody keeping it from being a lawsuit, you hear people like wierd al getting sued over his proxy songs. Why is one ok and the other not

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  • 1 month ago
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    No. It's called free speech. The first amendment you might have heard of it. It's not slander if it's parody.

    Weird Al was sued for copyright infringement. The lyrics were unique but he used the artist's song/melody. They didn't sue him for being mean, they sued him for profiting off their work (the song).

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  • 1 month ago

    No they don't if it's a public figure.

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  • 1 month ago

    The issue with Weird Al's songs is different because songs are copyrighted.

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  • 1 month ago

    No. Parody doesn't require permission. And being parodized isn't grounds for a lawsuit. I've never heard of Weird Al being sued, and I can't find any articles about him being the defendant of a lawsuit.

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    • https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/blogs/hip-hop-media-training/coolio-did-not-want-weird-al-spoof-gangsta-205954306.html

      Coolio might very well have threatened to sue, but he was apparently told that parody was allowed and the case would never hold up in court.

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  • David
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    1 month ago

    Permission? Of course not. Whatever they think they can get away with is how they operate.

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