October 14, 2001

"Wind Done Gone" ruling gives a damn

Author: JT Smith

Anonymous Reader writes, "The Eleventh Circuit has ruled that Alice Randall's novel, The Wind Done Gone, is a parody of Margaret Mitchell's 1936 classic, Gone With The Wind and thus protected by the First Amendment from charges of copyright infringement. Although the Mitchell estate may be owed some royalties, the book cannot be banned. This is a very important ruling in that it prominently features First Amendment analysis of copyright. LawMeme has a number of links to information about the case, as well as the decision [PDF]."
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