Sorry Folks - The Simpsons cartoons are gone

What happened in late 1998

The copyrights for the Simpsons are owned by Twentieth Century Fox who have hired a bunch of lawyers to remove all unauthorised and as they put it, blatently pornographic, Simpsons material from the internet. They had contacted me and demanded that I remove all Simpsons material from my site. As they also had contacted my internet and hosting providers who in turn did or threatend to close me down I had no choice but to remove the Simpsons pictures.

The real legal situation

Thanks to some of my fellow cartoon fans I have meanwhile learnt that what I was doing was not illegal and that I was misled by those lawyers. In a lawsuite involving Disney the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that such images, however revolting, were covered by the 1st Amendment of the Constitution which garantees free speech. Specifically this kind of artwork is considered parody and thus there are no grounds for violation of copyright. The only copyright would be for the artist that produced the parody material. What I was doing really falls under section 107 of the 1976 Copyright Act under terms of "fair use."

Why I am not bringing back the Simpsons pictures

Unfortunately I am not the only party involved. There are also my internet and web hosting providers who are not prepared to risk anything for the little money they are making from my website. If I stood up to those lawyers they would just pressure my providers who then would shut me down and my site would disappear entirely.

If you want to do something about it

I am not even sure if the same lawyers are still on the case or if there still is a case but if you want to find out or complain you could try contacting the law firm below. Please do not use any abusive language. Just explain how disgusted you are with their bulliing tactics and that you know very well that they have no legal leg to stand on. Don't hesitate to contact them several times if they don't get back to you. Make sure that you are doing this on your own behalf so that they understand that many people are affected by their actions.

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