Yes, Paul Soglin, fair use includes parodies even of you


In affirming dismissal of Kienitz’s suit, the court found the t-shirt made fair use of Kienitz’s photo of the mayor.

Judge Frank Easterbrook starts his seven-page opinion with this gem:

While a student at the University of Wisconsin in 1969, Paul Soglin attended the first Mifflin Street Block Party, whose theme (according to Soglin) was “taking a sharp stick and poking it in the eye of authority.” Now in his seventh term as Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, Soglin does not appreciate being on the pointy end.

Via 7th Circuit affirms fair use of Madison mayor’s mug on pro-Mifflin t-shirts @ JS Proof and Hearsay Blog.