UCAN Oil Hog 2008

In this video, the UCAN Oil Hog makes his annual appearance in order to predict gas prices for the coming year. Unfortunately, piggy got quite upset. Normally, oil piggies are free to gouge consumers without fear of repercussions....but that all changes in election years. UCAN has documented a disturbing correlation between gas prices and elections. While this translates into a short-term price break for consumers, it has devastating long-term ramifications. Big Oil has avidly defended the claim that gas prices are determined solely by the market forces of supply and demand. Guess what? Elections are not part of the supply and demand equation. That means that at least to some degree, Big Oil is able to manipulate the price of gas, market forces notwithstanding.

UCAN Oil Hog 2008 has a number of fair use/creative commons elements. First, the opening graphic is a clear parody of MGM's logo. If the lion being replaced by a pig were not enough to make that clear, we've thrown in the words "Fake Mark" instead of "Trade Mark." The second fair use element is the audio clip from Anita Mangels. The clip was taken from a public television program and is used as a form of commentary. The video itself could be seen as one long piece of commentary on the single quote from Ms. Mangels, which serves as a manifestation of Big Oil. The last element is the music, which is used under a creative commons license. In order to use the song, we were required to license our new work with a CC Attribution-ShareAlike license. So what do you get when you mix a parodied large studio trademark, an audio quote from a big oil representative, quality creative commons licensed music, some facts and figures, and a guy in a pig costume? You get Oil Hog 2008.

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