South Park Wins What What (In The Butt) Lawsuit

Viacom and Comedy Central have won a lawsuit over the parody of Samwell's YouTube viral video What What (In The Butt) on SOUTH PARK, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Viacom and Comedy Central have won a lawsuit over the parody of Samwell's YouTube viral video What What (In The Butt) on SOUTH PARK, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Back in November 2010, Brownmark Films filed suit for copyright infringement. A federal judge threw out the suit in July 2011, stating the use met all four fair-use factors. Viacom asked to have Brownmark pay its legal fees and the judge has now agreed. Viacom had requested $46,775.23, but judge only rewarded $31,525.23, taking pity on the small company.

The judge had written that Brownmark's suit was "questionable," because the firm waited two years to file it. He added "the threat of litigation against the defendants as a sort of 'sword of Damocles' — hanging by a thread over the heads of the defendants while Brownmark attempted to extract a licensing fee."

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