Film and TV

5 Hilarious Lawsuits Involving Porn Parodies (NSFW)

Pornographic parodies of mainstream films and television shows, also called parallel porn titles, are a lot like licensed video games, honestly. Some of them are great, but most of them are kind of an embarrassment to themselves. I've owned the Rocky Porno Video Show, Twin Cheeks and a hot but ridiculous Scooby Doo title that has Bree Olson as Daphne. Watching every single one of them has left me asking, "Exactly what is in the water in East Houston that I paid money to be experiencing this?"

Then again, there's an even bigger quandary: How the hell do companies get away with this in the first place? True, satire is protected under the First Amendment, but is it satire if you just remake the movie and hit the "Add Fucking Here" button?

The law is actually really unclear on this point, and in several cases there have been legal challenges to planned porn projects that have derailed our chance to see high-end Rule 34 in action. There's a really great article by Peter Nowak on this issue that you should read. Today we celebrate you, the legal system, for patiently saying, "Yes, I will listen to you argue about porn." Whatever judges are paid, it's probably not enough.

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Jef Rouner is a contributing writer who covers politics, pop culture, social justice, video games, and online behavior. He is often a professional annoyance to the ignorant and hurtful.
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