Leno’s ‘Taylor Swift’s Surprise’ Raises Question

Yesterday, The New York Times called the bluff of a major television show ripping off comedy from the Internet. No, South Park wasn’t after those guys from CollegeHumor again: instead Richy Four Four (aka Richie Juzwiak), an editor over at VH1.com claimed that Jay Leno‘s producers had called him asking for permission to use the Taylor Swift montage that Richie created with TheFabLife.com producer Kate Spencer.
Richie said yes, as long as proper attribution was given. Not to much to ask for, right? Fast forward to Monday night.

Here’s Richie and Kate’s video:

Jay Leno’s interview with Taylor:

Huh. That would be absolutely no credit given to Richie or Kate for their Taylor work. But last night:

Justice has been served, in Richie’s opinion, but just like South Park v. College Humor, we are irked that no show royalties were dolled out. What’s a little shout-out cost when you rip entire segments of content from people on the Internet

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