Saturday, July 31, 2004 Editorial on JibJab

The Editorials (really annoying subscription required) touch on JibJab, Guthrie, and copyright today:

"If this is danger, bring it on

The Richmond Organization is alleging that an online cartoon parodying the presidential race is causing 'huge' damage to its copyright of Woody Guthrie's folk classic 'This Land Is Your Land.' But what it's really doing is adding some much-needed levity to a heated political season. The owners of the copyright are asking to stop distributing the cartoon that features John Kerry and George Bush as cartoon characters singing new words to the patriotic ditty. As obvious political satire, it's surely protected free speech. It's irreverent. It's funny. It jabs both sides. The true danger would be a lack of good satire in a presidential election year."

- posted by laurie @ 7/31/2004 12:57:00 PM
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