Real Lawyer Reacts to The Simpsons (Itchy & Scratchy Trial)

29 ágú 2019
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Don’t have a cow, man. Lionel Hutz was right.
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The Simpsons is one of my favorite shows of all time. And this is one of the best episodes. Chester J. Lampwick claims he invented Itchy & Scratchy (and the whole concept of cartoon violence). With the help of Bart and Lisa, he files suit against Itchy & Scratchy Studios and Roger Meyers Jr., the head of the studio. Obviously, they hire Lionel Hutz to litigate....
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I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous.
Today I'm taking a break from representing clients and teaching law students how to kick ass in law school to take on lawyers in the movies and on TV. While all legal movies and shows take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth.
This is part of a continuing series of "Lawyer Reaction" videos. Got a legal movie or TV show you'd like me to critique? Let me know in the comments!
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  • You need to explain how Superman remains out of public domain along with Mickey Mouse

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  • The statute of limitations on character copyright is only 3 years; you could just steal a work, sit on it for 3 years, then release and your in the clear. I speak from experience, this happened to me.

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  • 17:01 So there is someone called "gaylord"? ROFL

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  • I would love to send you a personal message about this but could you do a video of a preemptive pardon and what exactly the president is trying to preemptive pardon his family and lawyers

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  • This guy is way too old to be watching cartoons like the simpsons LOL

    Jason GJason GDegi Síðan síðan
  • 5:20 The cult classic movie "Night of the Living Dead" is in public domain because they forgot to place a copyright notice on the theatrical release.

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  • Cape Feare: "doesn't your tattoo say 'Die Bart Die?'' "What? Oh no, that's German! 'The Bart, The!'"

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  • Phil Hartman RIP. Great review. Very educational. Thank you.

    Ehud GavronEhud Gavron2 dögum síðan
  • What moron gets his legal advice from a "lawyer"(sic)who tries to hold a CARTOON(!) to American legal standards?!😂

    jimmy rooksjimmy rooks3 dögum síðan
    • @jimmy rooks And I'm sure when he is at work, he talks about actual cases instead of The Simpsons

      ErnieErnie12 klukkustundum síðan
    • @Ernie:"he's a trained, LICENSED(!) attorney, you noob!"

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    • jimmy rooks it's meant for entertainment you knob

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  • I love how blue haired lawyer just slaps his face when Rodger goes on his rant

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  • A lawyer once told me Lionel Hutz is every lawyer's dream come true.....

    ultramegatrionultramegatrion4 dögum síðan
  • 14:47 OBJECTION: this still constitutes as following the first amendment since it has been agreed upon that burning flags still counts as "symbolic speech. unless you're talking about the police, then that could be true.

    AntonioMationsAntonioMations4 dögum síðan
  • _Sid & Marty Krofft Television Productions Inc. v. McDonald's Corp. (1977)_ ...

    Russ CrawfordRuss Crawford4 dögum síðan
  • Spoiler alert: LE gives "The Day the Violence Died" an A-.

    The Ultimate ReductionistThe Ultimate Reductionist5 dögum síðan
  • Objection. I only just found this channel and there aren't enough hours in the day to watch it all... And manage to care for my basic needs

    tomkittomkit5 dögum síðan
  • Objection, you have already seen this episode. You cannot be a partial judge. I move that you recuse yourself.

    TV4Fun2TV4Fun25 dögum síðan
  • OBJECTION! Itchy and Scratchy is not a stand-in for a more violent Disney, it's a stand-in for the well known cartoon Tom and Jerry.

    Vickie SandersVickie Sanders5 dögum síðan
    • The episode feature a short called "Steamboat Itchy" which is clearly meant to be a parody of "Steamboat Mickey", so it can easily be argued that he's both a parody of Mickey and of Jerry

      ErnieErnieDegi Síðan síðan
  • Forty lawyers at the bottom of the ocean is a very good start

    Miles LongMiles Long6 dögum síðan
  • I was already a big fan of your videos here on ISpast but the fact that you’re an old school Simpsons fan too just gave you an additional 100 points for being amazing.

    Paul DelgadoPaul Delgado6 dögum síðan
  • Objection! Since you're the judge You cannot show a personal bias and give a veredict!

    Nahuel La TorreNahuel La Torre6 dögum síðan
  • Full head of hair and probably have abs too... Are you SURE you're an attorney? LOL Well maybe you might just be rich enough for things to be low stress! :D

    ChrisChris6 dögum síðan
  • Why does it feel like your background is shaking ??? I have watched several times and it real is vibrating, or the pot is too good?

    Captain SkeletonCaptain Skeleton6 dögum síðan
  • The 1919 cartoon reel would have been nitrate film, a highly unstable and inflammable medium, and if it hadnt already decomposed in the can since it clearly hadnt been kept in a controlled environment, it would have burned with far more intensity than shown. A nitrate film fire with that much material would probably have caused the school to burn down. Cinemas occasionally DID burn down as a result of careless handling.

    andyoncam1andyoncam17 dögum síðan
  • Gonna get an AVE copyright slapped on you

    gwaai edenshawgwaai edenshaw7 dögum síðan
  • The paint my chicken coop is one of my favourite running gags of all time. I love all the ol' timey themed bits in classic Simpsons though.

    Simian StareyesSimian Stareyes7 dögum síðan
  • Id say that Itchy and Scratchy are based off of Hannah Barbera/ Looney Tunes, more so than Disney

    Jake SmithJake Smith7 dögum síðan
  • One question? When Bart broke the picture frame in the court that was enough proof for Chester to win right?

    Arz2003Arz20037 dögum síðan
  • "they kicked me out and then dropped an anvil on me?" Legal eagle : "Here we have a copyright suite"

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  • He's just the best worst lawyer... Rudy Giuliani "Hold my hair dye..."

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  • Ah, er, well then, it seems I was wrong. In general the actual characters are based on Tom & Jerry. However, I am old and forgot the details of this particular episode. It is indeed based on Disney.

    BJacob CampbellBJacob Campbell8 dögum síðan
  • OBJECTION!!!!! Itchy & Scratchy are a barely more psychotic interpretation of the legendary William Hanna, Joseph Barbera created MGM franchise Tom & Jerry.

    BJacob CampbellBJacob Campbell8 dögum síðan
  • I love how blue haired lawyer just slaps his face when Rodger goes on his rant

    Spoof 01Spoof 018 dögum síðan
  • I thought Itchy and Scratchy was based on Tom and Jerry?

    NezuKamadoNezuKamado8 dögum síðan

    Dc DanDc Dan8 dögum síðan
  • “Lol they go to the school”

    MrBurnsMrBurns8 dögum síðan
  • "all works before 1923 are out of copyright" *checks when Disney was created* "Disney was created on the 16 October 1923" so close...

    Banana ChickenBanana Chicken9 dögum síðan
  • why he does that shoulder movement? like an alternated back and fort like a happy teenager or something... looks childish.

    nobody101 Man2020nobody101 Man20209 dögum síðan
  • I always thought it was a tom and jerry parody

    Nate BooneNate Boone9 dögum síðan
  • Can people please stop calling it the "dark web" its DEEP WEB (unless your a SOG fan in which case its dank web)

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  • Objection! SNL did the best School House Rock "I'm Just a Bill" parody.

    Evan SmithEvan Smith9 dögum síðan
  • I can't help but laugh at this. Legal stuff in the Simpson is funny.

    HeyItz BabyGurlHeyItz BabyGurl9 dögum síðan
  • Most interesting copyright case.

    Ray ORay O9 dögum síðan
  • "We have plenty of hearsay and conjecture..." Sounds like Trump's lawyers.

    Jet StreamJet Stream9 dögum síðan
  • Doesn’t Olly have a copyright on “doobly-doo”?

    Jay WieseJay Wiese10 dögum síðan
  • Objection! There is a conflict of interest! The judge has proclaimed that he, quote, "loves this episode so much", and cannot therefore be trusted to make an unbiased decision!

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  • "Uh-oh, we pulled Judge Sneider." "Is that bad?" "He's sort of had it in for me ever since I kinda ran over his dog. Well, replace the word 'kinda' with 'repeatedly', and the word 'dog' with 'son'."

    Laura ScurryLaura Scurry10 dögum síðan
  • Itchy & scratchy might have jabs to poke at disney, but they are clearly parodies of Tom and Jerry.

    Braden SorensenBraden Sorensen10 dögum síðan
  • 4:20 Objection: Doesn't it depend on the copyright law at the time of creation of the work in question?

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  • Objection: Itchy and Scratchy are a parody of Herman and Katnip.

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  • "oh sure, like lawyers work in big skyscrapers and have secretaries...(scoff) look at him, he's wearing a belt. That's Hollywood for you"

    BurazSC2BurazSC210 dögum síðan
  • Show the trial of Kirk and Bones in Star Trek 5

    DrRocketman 779DrRocketman 77910 dögum síðan
  • One objection: the contract between Abe Simpson and the hobo was not eighty years old, it was around fifty because that episode is from 1996.

    Students for a Democratic Society- College of CharlestonStudents for a Democratic Society- College of Charleston10 dögum síðan
  • "But it's my show and I can do whatever I want." 20th Century Fox TV: See you in court!

    Mad Mental HibbyMad Mental Hibby10 dögum síðan
  • 12:21 literally the trump administration as of now

    DradthemercenaryXVDradthemercenaryXV10 dögum síðan
  • Objection! That is not a good grade because you play favorites on this show

    WuWu10 dögum síðan
  • When did Ryan Renolds become a lawyer?!

    Rob HowdleRob Howdle11 dögum síðan
  • And now you can have trial by politics, where you get an angry crowd with guns to threaten local officials and get what ever they want

    Ronald LoganRonald Logan11 dögum síðan
  • After so many news about the real Richard Liebowitz , do you still believe that Lionel Hutz is unrealistically bad? When presented with this new evidence, would you change your rating to a full A; not an A+, but an honest A?

    Andrei NeacsuAndrei Neacsu11 dögum síðan
  • I'd agree with A-. They address the substance with detail and accuracy, and parody the process in a way that shows they understand it.

    Maxwell SchmidtMaxwell Schmidt11 dögum síðan
  • OBJECTION! How did Scratchy get added to the mix? That question raised the stage for a lot of possibilities in which her could’ve been legally cheated out of the right for this character

    שחר אטדגישחר אטדגי11 dögum síðan
  • Objection she was just itchy

    Anabella SheelerAnabella Sheeler11 dögum síðan
  • I would like to see your take on other Simpsons law issues. For instance, the episode Bart get hit by a Car. I know that such episodes are no so packed with legal issues, but you could take several episodes.

    Juan Manuel RodriguezJuan Manuel Rodriguez12 dögum síðan
  • "Mr. Hutz, do you realize you're not wearing any pants?"

    RetroNutcaseRetroNutcase12 dögum síðan
  • 1:16 disney... you mean warner brothers, its based off tom and jerry

    Skanky ToastSkanky Toast12 dögum síðan
  • So no such thing as intellectual property then?

    B. W.B. W.12 dögum síðan
  • Has this guy reacted to the Giant blue chicken lawyer from Futurama?

    Peterson Family AdventuresPeterson Family Adventures12 dögum síðan
  • Thank god I chose the profession of accountant vs lawyer! My head would be spinning over all the laws and loopholes we have in our really messed up justice system. BTW the liberals are going WAY too far with their agenda today

    E FE F12 dögum síðan
  • Wait a minute that bum sounds like Kirk Douglas. Yes! I was correct! I was also correct about the grade you were going to give. ;)

    Dan KellyDan Kelly13 dögum síðan
  • Look at that face you must have Irish and/or Scottish ancestry.

    Dan KellyDan Kelly13 dögum síðan
  • Favorite lawyer joke on The Simpsons: "I move for a bad court thingy." "You mean a mistrial?" "Yeah! That's why you're the judge and I'm the law talkin' guy." "The lawyer." "Right"

    Ike KingIke King13 dögum síðan
  • Classical Liberalism: the ideology that inspired our Constitutional rights, Women's Suffrage, Abolition, and the concept of Democracy.

    Annalisa SauterAnnalisa Sauter13 dögum síðan
  • Pretty sure itchy and scratchy are supposed to represent Tom and Jerry, which are a Hanna Barbera (MGM) property, not Disney.

    BendirvalBendirval14 dögum síðan
  • I love how when Chief Wiggum was called out in the 4th breaking moment you can even see him looking at the guy like "Wait, what did he say?"

    erika camargoerika camargo14 dögum síðan
  • Hey LegalEagle do a video of you singing the amendment song

    KiritoIsAlwaysRightKiritoIsAlwaysRight14 dögum síðan
  • “Its a stand in for a more violent Disney” Have you seen old Disney movies? They are very dark and violent.

    Bone_knapperBone_knapper14 dögum síðan
  • If artists don't want people to photograph statues, stop placing them in public places...

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  • Bob Lobb Law Attorney at Law.

    rjcass33rjcass3314 dögum síðan
  • Thank goodness gawker is gone

    Martian BuddyMartian Buddy15 dögum síðan
  • ©

    Jason WhitmanJason Whitman15 dögum síðan
  • The postal service also used the Statue of Liberty in Vegas rather than the real one and was sued by the designer of the Vegas Lady Liberty.

    Rick JRick J15 dögum síðan
  • Objection! 15:54 That’s not entirely accurate. A few years ago there was an attempt by the Agatha Christie estate to publish a new Poirot novel simply to keep the character out of public domain, and a few years before that Harper Lee published a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird” because that book was entering public domain. See, works featuring a character can be eligible but cannot be featured in new media until the character themselves enters, which isn’t until all registered works featuring that character are eligible. This is also why Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile got remade, and why there’s nine Hellraiser sequels- copyright retention. The other reason copyright law keeps getting more archaic is Disney. The Copyright Act is pejoratively referred to as the Mickey Mouse Act because so much of the lobbying around it is by Disney’s near mythic legal department. There’s an entire team whose sole purpose is to ensure Mickey Mouse and related characters never enter public domain.

    James A. FranklinJames A. Franklin15 dögum síðan
  • Ah yes, Frank Gaylord.

    Kevin BorosKevin Boros15 dögum síðan
  • I heard that Jackie Gleason considered suing "The Flintstones" for blatantly copying "The Honeymooners," but he decided against it because he didn't want to be forever remembered as the guy who killed "The Flintstones."

    Shawn ParksShawn Parks16 dögum síðan
  • OBJECTION! While yes, the copyright would be expired by 2020, rendering the copyright issue moot, would there not be a possible argument over trademark? Mascots can be trademarked, and if the creator was indeed threatened with "an anvil dropped on his head", would he not have an argument to the trademark, despite not having filed one, due to feeling threatened out of it?

    pideypidey16 dögum síðan
  • What enforces civil discovery?

    Brendan RBrendan R16 dögum síðan
  • "you don't need to petition the government for copyright..." ISpast logo pops up

    Brendan RBrendan R16 dögum síðan
  • ANTIFA is clearly a copyright violation of Tom & Jerry, Itchy & Scratchy, The Roadrunner, SMokey the Bear villains starting fires in forest, and their biggest violation was from "Be Cool About Fire Safety" PSAs. Also, Goebbel's collection of radio broadcasts, Red Dawn, and the video game "Rush n' Attack".

    DickDicksteinDickDickstein16 dögum síðan
  • My favorite character was always groundskeeper willie

    Gibran MartinezGibran Martinez16 dögum síðan
  • I object! You know good and well there are ways to hide the fact you knew you had evidence!

    RC CRAWLRC CRAWL16 dögum síðan
  • This Friday, I'm going to review the adult animated show called Tripping the Rift! I don't think ISpast will be happy about this one...

    Alejandro FernandezAlejandro Fernandez16 dögum síðan
  • R.I.P Phil Hartman (Lionel Hutz)

    Brandon RBrandon R16 dögum síðan
  • Gaylord v. United States

    Benji OwenBenji Owen17 dögum síðan
  • I love how blue haired lawyer just slaps his face when Rodger goes on his rant

    Angel TisaAngel Tisa17 dögum síðan
  • I still love the simpsons

    causeitiscauseitis17 dögum síðan
    • I couldn't agree more. It's so genius.

      Alex DiazAlex Diaz10 dögum síðan
  • Two thinks you didn't show or bring up. 1) Why is Bart testifying after the defense closing argument? 2) They did authenticate the slide Bart showed i court. Bart took off the back covering and it said "To Roger Myers. Keep drawing. "Your moxie more than makes up for your lack of talent. Your pal, ChesterJ. Lampwick. September 3, 1919 ". Wouldn't that authenticate it? (again ignoring when in the trial it was discovered)

    rjkdevrjkdev17 dögum síðan