Trademarks’ Parody Under French Internet Law

A parody is a work that takes some of the original work and comments on the original work, usually in a satirical manner. Parody is commonly accepted as an expression of Free Speech. However, in France, a satirical creation using the trademark or logo of a company involves a risk. Indeed, Courts do not have a well-defined position regarding parody, and might rule in favor of the trademark owner, for copyright infringement.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

What rules apply to parody under French law?
When can a website use a trademark belonging to another company as a parody?


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