How porn parodies avoid copyright restrictions

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 marked an intriguing confluence of events. No, it’s not some sort of Mayan end-of-the-world situation, but it is the day on which Wikipedia, Google and a number of other big websites posted the Stop Online Piracy Act. It was also the day on which the Adult Entertainment Expo kicked off in Las Vegas.

How on Earth are the two related? Bear with me.

I’ve written before about how SOPA has the potential to kick off the equivalent of an Internet Cold War. If enacted, the legislation would give U.S. authorities power to block certain websites. The target would be file-sharing enablers such as the Pirate Bay, but could also encompass other undesirable websites, which historically has meant porn. But that’s not the tree I’m barking up today.

At this year’s AEE, porn titan Vivid is going to be touting its latest big-budget production, a triple-X “parody” ofStar Wars that is being released this month. Watch this trailer–which is perfectly safe for work, given that it’s completely devoid of even suggested sex or nudity–and you’ll see why I put the word parody in quotes:

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