What legal steps do I need to take to parody a song?

Asked on September 3, 2013 under Business Law, New York

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

By making sure that it is covered under the fair use doctrine for parodies, which is a 4 prong test. ALthough it is a lengthly discussion for this forum, the court will look at if the new work "commented on" or "transformed" the original work giving it new expression and meaning.  Much like Weird Al Yankovitch's "Eat it" if you recall.  Speak with an attorney when the final product is ready to go.  Good luck.


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