Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Parody and satire

In my discussion of Davis Sweet's The Baloney Code, I quoted the definitions of parody and satire which are given by the Oxford English dictionary; and Oxford is, at any rate from my ultra-English viewpoint, the ultimate authority on the use of the English language.

However.... Americans readers, writers, and publishers might care to note that the Oxford definitions are almost the precise opposite of the definitions which are used by the US courts when distinguishing parody from satire for the purposes of evaluating a fair-use defence in cases of alleged copyright infringement.

I am grateful to C.E Petit for pointing this out on his blog, Scrivener's Error.

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