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    Dr Seuss / Star Trek Parody is Fair Use

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    Unfortunately, that decision doesn't mean anything for anyone else but the litigants, because it's just a District Court case.
    District court decisions do not establish legal precedent, not even for the district they are in.

    This case will only have legal significance if it is appealed to the Ninth Circuit, who will then make a decision that will apply within the Ninth Circuit and have some persuasive force elsewhere. And only if SCOTUS takes the case and rules on it will it create nation-wide precedent binding on all the lower courts.

    Also, fair-use is intensively fact intensive, so even a SCOTUS decision will still leave dangerous waters for everyone else. And comic books are actually one of the most treacherous areas for intellectual property, so as well-reasoned as the current decision seems to be, it could all come apart when the Ninth Circuit looks at it.

    This is not legal advice, just an explanation how the court system works.
     
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    Do you know that you're explaining the court system in response to a post from a lawyer?
     
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    I don't know either way, or care. I'm elaborating on the message, not the messenger.

    And do you know whether I'm a lawyer?

    And it doesn't matter: even lawyers can be wrong. What @Steerpike and I posted stand on their own respective merit, not on whether one or both of us have a degree and a license to practice law framed on the wall behind us. Didn't you realize that?
     
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    Yeah, especially since fair-use is a fact-heavy issue, illustrated literary works enjoy some of the strongest copyright protections, and this is on an MSJ. Well, we'll see what the Ninth does.

    Thanks for the link to the decision.
     
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    No. problem. The judge does a pretty thorough analysis of the Fair Use factors.
     
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    I skimmed it. Not sure I agree with the conclusion regarding derivative works, but what do I know?
     

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