What is a Parody?

This case involved a parody which conveyed a discriminatory message. The ECJ’s guidance in the case provides clarity on several points regarding the application of the parody exemption to copyright infringement recently brought into force in the United Kingdom under the Copyright and Rights in Performances (Quotation and Parody) Regulations 2014. The ECJ held parody to be an autonomous concept of EU law and therefore must be uniformly interpreted throughout the EU.

This article was first been published in [2015] 1 EIPR 55.

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Deckmyn v Vandersteen