Friday, August 22, 2003

O'Reilly Stumbles into a True "No Spin Zone"...

and gets lost. Judge Denny Chin don't play that. "This case is wholly without merit both factually and legally." Wholly without merit. Kinda like Fox News.

Fox Loses Bid to Stop Sale of Franken Book
Fri August 22, 2003 05:43 PM ET
By Gail Appleson

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday slammed Fox News' trademark infringement lawsuit against humorist Al Franken and his publisher Penguin Group and refused to stop the sale of the satirist's new book that pokes fun at the network and host Bill O'Reilly.

Fox charged Franken violated its trademarked phrase "fair and balanced" by including it on the cover of his book entitled "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them." Fox is owned by News Corp. and Penguin is a unit of Pearson . The book went on sale on Thursday.

"There are hard cases and there are easy cases. This is an easy case," said U.S. District Judge Denny Chin. "This case is wholly without merit both factually and legally."

"Parody is a form of artistic expression protected by the First Amendment. The keystone to parody is imitation. Mr. Franken is clearly mocking Fox."

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