Activist groups are suing Viacom over what they regard as an improper request to have a parody of "The Colbert Report" removed from YouTube.
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Activist groups are suing Viacom over what they deem as an improper demand on YouTube to remove a parody of "The Colbert Report." Comedy Central's parent Viacom claims they did no such thing, and don't recall ever making such a request.
The activist groups claim that the video that was pulled from YouTube was actually protected under the “fair use” provision of copyright laws.
The ironic thing is that The Colbert Report already satirizes news and interview shows, so any request to remove the parody seems a little ridiculous.
Perhaps the suit itself is a parody on Viacom's $1 billion suit against Google and YouTube.