Parody as Brand

@inproceedings{Dogan2012ParodyAB,
  title={Parody as Brand},
  author={Stacey L. Dogan and Mark A. Lemley},
  year={2012}
}
Courts have struggled with the evaluation of parody under trademark law. While many trademark courts have protected parodies, there are a surprising number of cases that hold obvious parodies illegal. The problem is particularly severe with respect to parodies that are used to brand products, a growing category. The doctrinal tools that generally protect expressive parodies often don't apply to brand parodies. Our goal in this paper is to think about what circumstances (if any) should lead… Expand
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