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Additional Perspective on Dr. Seuss/Star Trek Ruling

The court’s decision means that in the Ninth Circuit commercial mash-ups will have to do more than place new characters in old settings to qualify for fair use.

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The copyright dispute over a Dr. Seuss/Star Trek mashup divided industries and intellectual property scholars, but it didn’t trouble the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at all. Instead, the court resoundingly rejected the fair use defense of the writers and publisher who placed Star Trek characters in the setting of Dr. Seuss’s best-selling book Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  and called it Oh, the Places You’ll Boldly Go!

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