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The question as worded implies that if something is a parody it is automatically fair use or allowed in US copyright law. This is a myth. First of all, in a copyright context, the term "parody" is somewhat limited. In that sense, a "parody" is a new work which comments on the original (often but not always by mocking or ridiculing the original). A mere ...


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The relevant law is trademark law. The basic question is whether the mark is identical or creates an unreasonable risk of confusion with the protected mark. There is no per se 30%-40% rule. I can imagine cases where changing a single letter in a long phrase turns a trademark violation into a parody or clearly different mark (see the Electric Company TV show)....


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Can I sell below parody T-Shirts? Sure, you can sell those shirts. But there is no guarantee that your own determination and claim of Fair Use for a parody would prevail in court. The determination that your use of those derivative designs - Fair Use as a Parody - is not yours to make; it is for a court to make, if and when the copyright holders of those ...


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It seems that you don’t understand what parody is. If you do understand, please explain how it’s even possibly to parody computer code. What you can do with “open source” code depends on the licence the copyright holder(s) release it under. For some very permissive licences you can do what you suggest, for most, you can’t.


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It would be a good idea to consult an actual lawyer with expertise in copyright and IP to whom you can give full specifics of your situation. This site is not for individual legal advice. A parody generally comments on the original in soem way. Using a version of an original to make a point unrelated to the original is not a parody, and will not exempt the ...


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First of all, nothing that you describe is clearly a parody. Parody is different from making a reference or allusion to another work or including an homage to another work. As a good rule of thumb it is very hard to parody something that is already in the light/comedy genre, and simply reimagining someone else's work in a new context is not a parody. Instead,...


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The situation you describe could be protected under fair-use law. For details see In the US, when is fair use a defense to copyright infringement?


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In the US, the following factors are taken into account: the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; the nature of the copyrighted work; the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and the effect of the use upon the ...


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If you're concerned about copyright, you can use the real VW logo if you're including it as a parody. (If you ever watch Family Guy, they do this all the time)


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