Thus debuted the VERSUS website in 2006. Ever since, our musical op-ed's have chronicled elections, presidencies, wars, economic upheavals ... the list goes on.
In this new Age of Endarkenment, VERSUS has more and more to skewer.
Parody has a long, strong, proud tradition in American culture – even more so in American political culture. Like other song parodists, VERSUS relies on the legal protections provided by the copyright law's doctrine of fair use. Very generally speaking: a parodist can use someone else’s original work for the purpose of humor, ridicule, comment or the like, if the parody creates a transformed new work. A parody can use the character and characteristics of the original – indeed, must use them – both to make a clear association between the original and the parody and successfully to make its point.
VERSUS strives hard to live up to the venerable tradition of American parody. In addition, VERSUS is vigilant to ensure that its song parodies cannot be confused with the originals by the consumer or the public, that its song parodies do not dilute the commercial value of the originals, and that its song parodies would never seek to replace the originals in the marketplace.
If you're interested in fair use or parody, we refer you to the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music. For all questions relating to fair use and parody, VERSUS relies on its lawyers. This section is not intended as a legal opinion or legal advice, and you should never rely on anything in this section to answer any questions about fair use or parody.