Penny-Arcade legal woes
For those of you not keeping track, Penny-Arcade is a flurry of mildly bitter activity, and perhaps not without reason. You see, a recent comic of their involving Strawberry Shortcake as a dominatrix (ultimately poking fun at American McGee for taking children's literature and tarting [sic] it up a bit) has been pulled from threats of litigation by the American Greeting Card Company, who apparenty owns the rights to Madame Shortcake. If you've ever visited the PA forums then you can imagine their poorly spelled response. If you haven't visited, then you might not want to start now. Naturally the best imagined reaction is to flood the e-mail address of the lackey whose job it was to tell PA that AGC wanted the comic pulled, but quick, with a stream of vulgar invective and electronically sign petitions that no one but those signing petitions would read. This will, naturally, accomplish a sum total of nothing.
The question here, though, is should AGC have the right to protect their intellectual property, or does PA represent and therefore should be protected by its satirical nature. The law is pretty fuzzy and inconsistent on this point, so what do you think?