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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,[1] usually for comedic effect.[2]

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."[3] 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.

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  1. Adapted from the definition at the Parody article at Wikipedia. Accessed 30 November 2013.
  2. See also Merriam-Webster Dictionary's definition:
    (n.) 1. a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule
    2. a feeble or ridiculous imitation
  3. 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.)