The law in the UK is about to change under a European Copyright Directive this will allow the use of original material such as Films, TV shows and Music to be used in a parody without consent so long as it is fair and does not compete with the original version. The original owners of the copyrighted works will only be able to sue if the parody conveys a discriminatory message.
The EU rules state that, “The only, and essential, characteristics of parody are, on the one hand, to evoke an existing work while being noticeably different from it and, on the other, to constitute an expression of humour or mockery,” “If a parody conveys a discriminatory message the holders of the rights to the work parodied have a legitimate interest in ensuring that their work is not associated with such a message.”
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