The book features the writing of David Gerrold and the art of Ty Templeton. Dr. Seuss Enterprises (DSE) filed suit in 2016 claiming the publication infringed their copyright and trademark on Dr. Seuss’ Oh the Places You’ll Go! A court ruling in May 2018 disposed of DSE’s trademark claims, but the copyright claims remain to be litigated. And legal help ain’t cheap! As Hauman told me in an email —
I know that you’ve heard, I know that you know,
About “Oh, The Places
You’ll Boldly Go!”
We think it’s fair use
(although maybe we’re biased)
Not just because our
arguments are the slyest.
But we’re fighting a
company with millions of bucks
And we’ve spent most of
ours, which truly just… stinks.
If we lose, then ALL
mashups may go through the thresher
And may be deemed
infringement. (But hey, no pressure.)
The fight’s now upon
us, can’t close the barn door
Lest our loss set a
precedent tough to ignore.
And fair use gets
wrecked in a Weehawken minute
This case is important,
so we have to win it.
And there are many more stanzas in this vein at the GoFundMe page — “Help us produce FAIR USE vs. Seuss!” – which makes it worth reading for its own sake. The epic ends with this call:
If you care about mashups and value free speech,
If you think free expression’s a value to preach
Then reach in your wallets and give what you will
And help us pay for a quite large legal bill.
Be a copyright fighter! And fight for the right
To research, report, comment, criticize, cite!
Be the fifth factor in our fair use case!
Every dollar contributed buys breathing space!
(Heck, if only this doggerel just made you laugh
Consider donating a buck and a half.)
If you can’t spare some cash, then please spread the word
Get on social media and help us get heard.
Lawsuits are scary and hard to endure,
But if you help us out, then you’re part of the cure.
And for your help countering copyright cranks,
We offer our humble and most grateful thanks.