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A parody is a work created to mock or comment on another work (or class of works) by means of satiric or ironic imitation. Parodies mock the original by trivializing its content, tone, style, and other attributes, as well as exaggerating its content.

The United States Supreme Court has defined parody as "the use of some elements of a prior author's composition to create a new one that, at least in part, comments on that author's works."[1] U.S. law protects most parody under the fair use doctrine, and several other countries have similar "fair dealing" protections.

Parody has a long tradition in fandom; see The Enchanted Duplicator, published in 1954.

Early Star Trek Fanworks and Parody

The early Star Trek: TOS fandom had a vigorous tradition of parodies in fiction, art, skits, and sometimes parodies of other fanworks.

Many of them in the style of MAD Magazine. In these parodies, fans change the names of characters to something silly as well as exaggerate their characters. For instance: Captain Kirk becomes "Jerk," Spock becomes "Schlock," Uhura becomes "Ulura," McCoy becomes "Ahoy," Chapel becomes "Sapel," etc. Or worse.

Some examples:

Fannish Examples



Other Works

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  1. ^ Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc. 510 U.S. 569 (1994). See the Wikipedia article and the full text of the decision. (Accesses 30 November 2013.)