Viacom probably doesn’t get the joke



Activist groups have sued Viacom, claiming the company improperly demanded that YouTube remove a parody of The Colbert Report that was protected under the “fair use” provision of copyright laws. Sounds simple enough, but in fact, this is a mind-bending media assault that operates on several levels. First of all, The Colbert Report already lampoons news and interview shows, so further parody seems excessive. And Viacom responded to the complaint by saying it has no record of demanding that YouTube pull the clip.

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