Cartoons, comediennes, and copyright

Philip Barron: <i>Family Guy</i>'s take on Carol Burnett: Infringement, fair use, or just plain mean?
In one corner, the Fox network and its animated show Family Guy. In the other, comedienne and national treasure Carol Burnett. Let the battle commence:
The actress says Fox and its "Family Guy" show paid her back for refusing access to her music and other copyrighted materials by lampooning her in an episode of the animated TV comedy, and now she wants them to pay for the indignity.
In a suit filed last week in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Burnett and her Whacko production company seek more than $2 million for alleged copyright infringement and other claims.
Philip Barron is a St. Louis writer and author of the blog Waveflux.