Parody, Jerry Falwell and Dead Sea Scrolls Debate

, New York Law Journal

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In his Civil Rights and Civil Liberties column, Christopher Dunn, the associate legal director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, writes: Parody has been a staple of political discourse from time immemorial. At its best, it can add an invaluable dimension to debate on matters of public concern, albeit at the psychic expense of the parody's target. In modern times, that expense occasionally translates into lawsuits, and the sharper the parody the spicier the legal controversy.

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