South Park Creators Sued for Copyright Infringement

Published by: dallaseste on 16th Nov 2010 | View all blogs by dallaseste
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South Park Creators Sued for Copyright Infringement

Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of the television show “South Park,” have reportedly been sued allegedly stealing content from a copyrighted music video for the viral phenomenon "What What (In the Butt)."  The show's producers, including Comedy Central and Viacom, were also named in the suit.

The video in question was produced by Brownmark Films and based on a song by Samwell.  The video was originally released in 2007 and became an internet sensation, was featured on PerezHilton.com and VH1's Best Week Ever.  YouTube reports more than 33 million downloads of the video, making it one of the most watched music videos of all time.

South Park aired a re-creation of the video in 2008 in their “Canada on Strike” episode, featuring the South Park character “Butters” in the place of Samwell.  Brownmark Films filed the suit on Friday in a US District Court in Wisconsin, alleging copyright infringement that is "willful, intentional, and purposeful, in disregard of and indifferent to the rights of Brownmark."  The suit asks for maximum statutory damages and a permanent injunction against further broadcast of the episode.

Interestingly, Brownmark co-founders Bobby Ciraldo and Andrew Swant reportedly sent the South Park creators a thank-you email the day after the show aired.  The two stated as much in a 2008 interview with blogcritics.org.

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