Trademark News & Screw-ups Louis Vuitton Asks Significant Court docket to Reverse Trademark Parody Ruling

Looks like the article is a machine translation into English, so you may not enjoy the writing style but the case is one to follow. Parody exception has been used to justify unauthorized use of all sorts of intellectual property in more and more countries recently, with the term "parody" getting more and more expanded interpretation. We are actually getting dangerously close to any infringement potentially being treated as a "parody." The former requirement for a parody to ridicule the subject of what is being parodied appears to be gone. The requirement for a parody to be funny appears to be gone as well. The requirement of significant creative transformation is virtually gone. Profiting from ripping off someone else's IP while expecting whoever you stole from to appreciate your sense of humor not only creates a dangerous precedent when unauthorized use of IP is justified for no good reason, it creates a parody out of intellectual property laws themselves.

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