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The Parody Exception in Copyright Law$
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Sabine Jacques

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198806936

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198806936.001.0001

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Consequences of the Nature of the Parody Exception

Consequences of the Nature of the Parody Exception

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(p.70) 3 Consequences of the Nature of the Parody Exception
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The Parody Exception in Copyright Law
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Sabine Jacques

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198806936.003.0003

This chapter examines the consequences of the nature and function of the parody exception in copyright law. It first explains the ‘mechanics’ behind the parody exception, particularly as a defence to copyright infringement, before discussing the legal nature of copyright exceptions and in relation to copyright and contract laws. It then addresses the question of whether copyright exceptions, especially the parody exception, amount to rights or are more akin to interests. It also considers the principle of strict interpretation as a rule of interpretation for the parody exception and reviews recent decisions that illustrate whether the user rights approach resulted in any noticeably broader interpretation of copyright exceptions. Finally, it explores the principles underpinning freedom of contract and how judges, notwithstanding the parody exception’s procedural label as a defence, assess fair use, fair dealing, or rules of the genre in light of the right to freedom of expression.

Keywords:   parody exception, copyright law, copyright infringement, contract law, strict interpretation, rule of interpretation, user rights, freedom of contract, fair use, freedom of expression

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