Parody and Burlesque as art forms, and their conflicts with the rights of the holder of the original copyrighted work, are subjects of interest to both the layman and the lawyer. To analyze the status of this conflict, several areas must be explored. The following discussion includes a consideration of the current copyright law as it applies to parody and burlesque, a history of parody and burlesque as a literary form, and significant United States cases dealing with the problems of the conflict.
Thomas Paul Demeter, Legal Perils of Parody and Burlesque, 17 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 242 (1968)