I always chuckle when I see the major movie and TV studios and networks depicted as copyright absolutists, or opponents or even enemies of fair use.
That portrayal is false. The reality is much more complicated; the fact is that the studios rely on fair use countless times every day, and routinely fight for it in court.
The latest example is a case brought by music publisher Bourne Co., which owns the composition When You Wish upon a Star, against Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. (my former employer), which owns the copyright to the series Family Guy. Family Guy used a modified version of the tune and set it to new lyrics for a song called I need a Jew. Fox (and the other defendants) moved for summary judgment, arguing fair use. And on March 16, federal Judge Deborah Batts of the Southern District of New York granted the motion, agreeing that the use of the song parodied both the "childish and simplistic" message of the original, as well as its association with Walt Disney, an alleged anti-Semite.
Congrats to Fox. And remember next time you watch Family Guy, or The Simpsons, or The Daily Show, or The Colbert Report, or just about any news broadcast: the studios and networks believe in fair use, too.