Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Purple Fair Use & Fair Dealing, eh?

Should a mother be able to post a 29 sec video of her toddler kid dancing to a Prince song?

The EFF is fighting for her right to do so.

San Jose - On Friday, July 18, at 9 a.m., the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge a federal judge in San Jose to protect the free speech and fair use rights of mother who posted a home movie of her son dancing to Prince on YouTube.

EFF represents Stephanie Lenz, who uploaded a 29-second clip of her son dancing in the family kitchen to the Prince song, "Let's Go Crazy," which is playing on a stereo in the background. Remarkably, Universal Music Publishing Group claimed that the video infringed its copyrights, and had the video yanked from YouTube. Lenz's lawsuit against Universal seeks to hold the company accountable for misrepresenting that her fair use violated its copyrights.

Would this be illegal under Bill C-61?

For sure.

How do I count the ways?


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