Canadian media giant, CanWest, has filed a SLAPP suit against some people in Vancouver, British Columbia, who produced a four-page parody of the Vancouver Sun. The target of the parody was the perceived pro-Israeli government bias of Canwest publications.
Supporting the argument that the publication was a parody are reporters named Hy Pocrazy, articles titled ‘Study shows Truth Biased Against Israel’, and a weather report of ‘occasional missile showers’. Further, only a few thousand of the thin four-page edition were handed out.
Nonetheless, Canwest launched a legal suit. The suit formally charges the parodists with abuse of trademark. Canwest claims the producers of this give-away parody were equivalent to commercial sellers of a Nike knock off. Of course there was no financial gain for the parodists, and Canwest provides no documentation of any financial loss.