Last Sunday’s episode of Family Guy titled “Run, Chris, Run“, included a clip from 1980s Nintendo video game Double Dribble showing a glitch which ensures the player can’t miss a 3-point shot from a specific corner of the court. Family Guy used the footage as part of a joke, where Peter plays the NES classic with his friend, Cleveland, and continually exploits the glitch.
Old school gamers will know, the glitch isn’t fabricated and actually exists in the game. In fact, the actual footage was taken from a YouTube video posted by user ‘sw1tched‘ back in February 2009. After the show aired, Fox filed a copyright claim on the original clip and YouTube decided to take it down immediately without investigating the claim. Not too long after, Fox also filed a claim against some Tecmo Bowl footage which it had also “borrowed” from the site.
This isn’t the first time Fox has used footage for Family Guy without permission. In March 2007 comedian Carol Burnett filed a $6 million lawsuit against 20th Century-Fox, claiming that her charwoman cartoon character had been portrayed on the show without her permission and on October 3, 2007, Bourne Co. Music Publishers filed a lawsuit accusing the show of infringing its copyright on the song “When You Wish Upon a Star”. And finally, in December 2007, Family Guy was again accused of copyright infringement when actor Art Metrano filed a lawsuit regarding a scene in Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, in which Jesus performs Metrano’s signature “magic” act involving absurd “faux” magical hand gestures while humming the distinctive tune “Fine and Dandy”.
YouTube’s copyright system is far from perfect but thankfully, in this case, Fox has removed its claims from both videos. Check out the video below along with the two clips from the episode of the show. Enjoy!