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Joseph Wisniewski
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I hope they don't get sued.
 
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A few years ago, they might worry about getting sued by 1 company, but now they have to worry about getting sued by M Mouse company too....
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Parody is usually upheld as fair use. That's not to say a party with deep pockets couldn't make it painful to do, unfortunately.

Money : now more of a requirement for free speech and justice than ever before.

Alas.
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I can gaurantee they'll need to change this cover.
 
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Sprydle wrote:
I can gaurantee they'll need to change this cover.


You are a lawyer I assume?

Robot Chicken - Star Wars

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Spaceballs
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Well, the wiki for Robot Chicken said that they were working with LucasFilm on some level as that's where they got the sound effects from and that it appears that Lucasfilm vetted the final product before airing.

Also http://www.fast-rewind.com/making_spaceballs.htm has a blurb (though I can't guarantee it's authenticity):

Spaceballs parodied Star Wars a lot, so allegedly they needed permission from George Lucas to make this movie. He agreed, but only under condition that they could not make any Spaceballs merchandise. This is why the merchandising in the movie is such a long-running joke - not just when Yoghurt is showing off the range to other characters, but all the prop merchandise throughout the movie. Spaceballs the Towel, Spaceballs the Toilet Paper, etc. It's also why Yogurt (as played by Mel Brooks himself of course) said merchandising is "where the real money from the movie is made".

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Synnical77 wrote:
Well, the wiki for Robot Chicken said that they were working with LucasFilm on some level as that's where they got the sound effects from and that it appears that Lucasfilm vetted the final product before airing.

Also http://www.fast-rewind.com/making_spaceballs.htm has a blurb (though I can't guarantee it's authenticity):

Spaceballs parodied Star Wars a lot, so allegedly they needed permission from George Lucas to make this movie. He agreed, but only under condition that they could not make any Spaceballs merchandise. This is why the merchandising in the movie is such a long-running joke - not just when Yoghurt is showing off the range to other characters, but all the prop merchandise throughout the movie. Spaceballs the Towel, Spaceballs the Toilet Paper, etc. It's also why Yogurt (as played by Mel Brooks himself of course) said merchandising is "where the real money from the movie is made".



I recently watched Spaceballs with commentary from Mel Brooks. The merchandising scene is in the movie literally because Mel Brooks despised the notion that George Lucas made more money on merchandising than he did on the movie itself. To Mel, the very notion of a movie being less profitable than the toys based on the movie is absurd. It had nothing to do with a contract he signed with Lucas over fair use. He did get permission from Lucas to make Spaceballs, but he did that only for the same reason Weird Al gets permission to do all his parodies: he's a nice guy and doesn't want to make any bad feelings in those he lampoons.
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Interesting. Like I said, I put no guarantee on the authenticity of that nugget but it was repeated in various forms on a number of sites. It sounded trueish but lacked the air of real knowledge. Ah, the internet.
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