Political Speech; Offensive Language; Copyright Infringement?

Thanks to my thesis adviser, I came across this (WARNING: NSFW, contains expletives and a repeated racial epithet):

Which is a politically motivated parody of this:

Jon Caramanica at the New York Times discusses these videos’ hip-hop meanings more skillfully than I am capable. My first thought was how thankful I was that YouTube has survived the slings and arrows of predatory copyright holders, and is still surviving, to provide a medium where political speech which offends people can thrive. I’m nearly certain that the second performer’s copyright could not have won out against the parody, and am glad they weren’t able to get it taken down.

It’s nice that copyright holders easily profit from unauthorized postings on YouTube:

What impressed me more is the non-commercial fair uses which run wild in that ecosystem.

Inspirational Quote:

“The life of the law has not been logic; it has been reason.”–Oliver Wendell Holmes

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