The producers of "South Park," including Viacom and Comedy Central, are being sued for allegedly stealing a video from YouTube, reports the Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq.
The video in questions, "What What In the Butt)" is sung by Samwell, was produced by Brownmark Films and was released in 2007. The video has received more than 33 million downloads on YouTube, the story notes. That makes it one of the most watched music videos of all time, the article adds.
"South Park" aired a recreation of the video in 2008 during the episode "Canada on Strike," with the character Butters in place for Samwell. Brownmark Films filed for copyright infringement in U.S. District Court in Wisconsin, alleging that the infringement is "willful, intentional, and purposeful."
Comedy Central responded by saying that, "Courts have consistently recognized that parody enjoys broad protections under the First Amendment and the Copyright Act."