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Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Carol Burnett Sues Cartoon/Animated TV Show - Family Guy


I found this on Clipmarks this morning - it was clipped by Eric W - a few students are blogging on Family Guy; therefore, a little litigation-related news is an interesting addition to the discourse on pop culture :o)
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian Carol Burnett has filed a copyright infringement suit against the makers of Fox TV's cartoon sitcom "Family Guy" over an episode poking fun at the performer and her variety show from the 1960s and '70s.

The suit, which seeks at least $2 million in damages, also says the cartoon episode used a "slightly altered version" of the copyrighted musical theme to "The Carol Burnett Show" without permission from the 73-year-old entertainer.

A spokesman for 20th Century Fox Television, which produces "Family Guy," said on Friday the suit was without merit and that references to Burnett and her show in an 18-second sequence of the cartoon amounted to parody.

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