On November 2012, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the popular long-time running show South Park got a lawsuit for allegedly ripping off Samwell’s hit What, What (In My Butt) in its episode in 2008, but courts have decided it was a clear case of fair use.
A federal judge ruled that the producers of the animated series made a “transformative” use of the video by making the original song’s video loony by replacing Samwell with an innocent boy wearing different adorable outfits.
Butter’s version of the song wins and it seems like Samwell didn’t like the outcome and filed for an appeal. According to reports, the appeals court has declined to bring back the suit filed against Viacom subsidiary Comedy Partners.
The judge explains, “When the two works in this case are viewed side-by-side, the South Park episode is clearly a parody of the original ‘WWITB’ video, providing commentary on the ridiculousness of the original video and the viral nature of certain YouTube video.”
Watch Samwell’s vid and South Park’s parody of the song below.