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What What? South Park Wins Copyright Case, Accuser Forced To Pay Up

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"I said What, What?"

In 2008, South Park featured Samwell's What What in one of their episodes.

The character Butters is featured as a parody of the music video.

The owners of lewd original, Brownmark, then sued South Park for infringing on their copyright.

South Park and its owner, Viacom, were not worried.

Their defense rested in the fair use policy and it was sound.

Even though Brownmark was told that South Park's use of the video was fair, the small company did so anyway.

The result?

A Wisconsin judge immediately dismissed the case, punishing Brownmark with Viacom's attourney fees.

The judge went on to say South Park use of the video was "to lampoon the recent craze in our society of watching video clips on the internet that are — to be kind — of rather low artistic sophistication and quality."

Ouch!

The judge also added that South Park even contributed to the viral video.

What What currently has over 44 million views on Youtube.

Check out the videos above to see Samwell and Butters.

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8 comments to “What What? South Park Wins Copyright Case, Accuser Forced To Pay Up”



  1. 1

    LMAO…. Team SouthPark. I just wish they would do a parody of you!!!



  2. 2

    cant believe I watched a min of that vid!!!! lol



  3. 3

    Yet VIACOM flags a shitload of youtube users videos anytime one of them posts a video from their brand. Talk about hypocrisy.



  4. 4

    Butters video was FAR superior in every way.

  5. Bevi says – reply to this


    5

    Samwell wanted wanted what what in the butt and South Park gave it to him! Everyone wins!



  6. 6

    That guy creeps me out.



  7. 7

    dumbass! if you don't know the law, don't try to sue someone. Parody is protected under law. I'm actually glad he has to pay up. Maybe that will prevent the next dumbass from doing the same.



  8. 8

    Yo Perez! Did you upload your own illegal copy of the original "What What" video to your site? I noticed you put your own pre-roll ads before their video. Clever! But you embedded the VIACOM-sanctioned South Park copy? What were you thinking? Are you actually Matt and Trey in disguise? Good job, video pirate!